Vaccine FAQs

Last updated August 13, 2021


Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Questions

What vaccine does WCHD have?

WCHD is receiving and administering Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. 

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

All three vaccines are safe and effective. We list what vaccine will be provided at each of our clinics on our website. If you would prefer a specific vaccine, you can choose to schedule at a clinic with that vaccine. 

I got my first dose of vaccine somewhere else. Can I get my second dose from WCHD?

If you have already gotten your 1st dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you should get your 2nd dose from the same provider. If that is not possible and you need a 2nd dose, you may come to one of the vaccine clinics on our vaccination page. Be sure to check the listing for a clinic providing the brand you need. Bring your shot record card.

What accommodations are available for those who might have trouble getting through clinics?

Assistance or wheelchairs may be available for those who may need additional support. Please let us know when you arrive if you need any additional support or reach out before you arrive to request special accommodations.

How can homebound individuals get vaccinated?

We have a Nurse on the Run mobile team that can provide vaccination in individuals in their homes if they meet program criteria. To request this support, please call 734-544-6700 or email [email protected].

COVID-19 Vaccine Record Questions

I lost my vaccine card after getting vaccinated. How can I get a record of my COVID-19 vaccination?

We are not able to replace lost or damaged vaccine cards. However, we record all vaccinations that we administer in a statewide database called the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). You can contact your primary care physician to get a copy of your MCIR record, which will include your COVID-19 vaccine information. If you do not have a primary care physician, see our Immunization Records page for other options to obtain your records.

I am traveling overseas and I need a letter or a certificate saying I have been vaccinated. Can you provide this?

No. We are not able to provide letters or certificates to individuals at this time. Please contact your primary care physician for a copy of your official vaccination record from Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), which is the statewide database for immunizations for Michigan residents. If you do not have a primary care physician, see our Immunization Records page for other options to obtain your records.

I was vaccinated in another state but I live in Michigan. How can I update my vaccine records?

Bring your vaccination card to your primary care provider's office and request that they update your record in the Michigan Care Improvement registry (MCIR), which is the statewide database for immunizations for Michigan residents. If you do not have a primary care provider, please sit tight. The State of Michigan is working on a reciprocal agreement with other states that would provide for updated immunization records.  

My school/workplace requires me to either get a COVID-19 vaccine or to turn in a vaccine waiver. Can I get a waiver from the health department?

The Washtenaw County Health Department is not providing waivers for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

General COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone 12 years old or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan. Those under 12 are not able to be vaccinated at this time.

The state health department sets vaccine prioritization guidance to help determine how vaccines are allocated and administered. The state uses guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

Can I get a third vaccine dose or "booster" shot?

We are not yet able to give additional (3rd) doses. The FDA has authorized extra doses for certain immunocompromised people. The CDC's advisory group ACIP meets today Fri 8/13. If the ACIP recommends it, we will likely be able to start providing these doses by Tues 8/17. People who are not immunocompromised do not need an additional vaccine dose right now.

No other "booster" doses are authorized or recommended at this time.

Will we still need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash our hands often as more people get vaccinated?

Even after getting vaccinated, wash your hands often and wear a mask/social distance in crowds or around unvaccinated or vulnerable individuals. See more about what is safe to do when you're fully vaccinated from the CDC here and here

Will there be a cost for getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, COVID-1 vaccines are free! There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine are needed?

Everyone will need 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine for it to be as effective as possible.

If I already had COVID-19, should I get the vaccine when it becomes available to me?

Yes. According to the CDC, vaccination should be offered regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic infection. Current evidence suggests that people who have had COVID-19 may be protected for up to 90 days after their initial infection, so they may decide to wait until after this period, if desired.

Can we require our staff to get the vaccine?

  • WCHD does not recommend requiring the vaccine at this time. The vaccine is under emergency use authorization and this is a complicated area of law. It is not fully FDA approved. 
  • WCHD’s own staff are not to required to get the vaccine at this time. We strongly recommend staff to get it and actively share information about safety and efficacy. But staff are able to opt out. 

Can young children be vaccinated?

Not yet. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals age 12 years and older, and the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are approved for individuals age 18 years and older. There are clinical trials underway for younger kids now but those vaccines are not available yet.

Is it okay to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen after getting the vaccine to ease any post-vaccine discomfort?

The guidelines for the vaccine state that antipyretic or analgesic medications (e.g., acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen) may be taken after the vaccine for any discomfort. However, taking these medications before being vaccinated for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not recommended. Information on the impact of such use on COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibody response is not available at this time.