Vaccine FAQs

Last updated 1/13/21

See this FAQ document from the state for additional information: available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and ChineseSee our vaccine sign up page for FAQs about requesting a vaccine appointment. 

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

Yes. Even after getting vaccinated, COVID-19 prevention measures will still be needed for some time.

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

No. There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.

When can I get my vaccine?

It depends on many factors including where you fall in the prioritization guidance, vaccine supply, and staffing capacity. Please be patient. It may take weeks or months to move through each phase, depending on vaccine supplies and staffing capacity. You can check to see if you are eligible to request an appointment here.

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine are needed?

Everyone will need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for it to be as effective as possible.

What vaccine does the Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) have?

WCHD is receiving and administering the Pfizer vaccine. 

Who can get vaccinated through WCHD?

People who live or work in Washtenaw County will be able to get vaccinated through WCHD.

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.

Is the vaccine required?

No There is no requirement to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

What if someone has a reaction when getting the vaccine from WCHD?

Past reactions are asked about as a part of the screening process before vaccination. Everyone is asked to wait at least 15 minutes after vaccination. If someone has a history of similar reactions, they will be asked to wait in the observation area after their vaccination for an extended time. Anyone with a past history of anaphylaxis (or with concerns) will be observed longer. Paramedics/medical personnel are on hand to respond. Also, everyone getting vaccinated can participate in the CDC V-Safe program, which provides ongoing checks regarding any symptoms.

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 for the treatment of post-vaccination local or systemic symptoms, if medically appropriate. However, taking these medications before being vaccinated for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not currently recommended. Information on the impact of such use on mRNA COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibody responses is not available at this time.