Vaccine FAQs

Last updated March 19, 2021

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General COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

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 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.

Is the vaccine required?

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

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. 

Will children be vaccinated?

Not yet. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are only for adults (one is 16+ and the other is 18+). There are clinical trials underway for 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.

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

How long will I have to wait to get an appointment?

It's hard to know at this point. This will depend greatly on supply of vaccine, as demand is extremely high. Your scheduled appointment will likely be weeks away, depending on supplies & staffing capacity.

Who can get vaccinated through WCHD?

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

What vaccine does WCHD have?

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

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

Generally, no. We do not allow specific requests based on preference. However, if an individual has a contraindication to a specific vaccine, we can make accommodations on a case-by-case basis.  

Can I come to a clinic without an appointment to be on standby for vaccination?

No. No walk up vaccines are available. You will be turned away if you do not have an appointment. **Please note we are planning for any thawed and unused doses at the end of each clinic. No doses are being wasted. Do no show up to request an unused dose. There are none.

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

Generally, no. You need to return to the facility that gave you your first dose of vaccine to get your second dose. That facility has specifically been given your second dose and the supplies that accompany it, and we have not. Only under special circumstances can we administer a second dose to someone when we did not give the first dose.  

Can I come to my appointment early?

Please remain in your car for a few minutes before your scheduled time. You may check in starting 3 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

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

Reserved parking spaces closer to the entrance are available. Assistance or wheelchairs are available for those who may not be able to walk through the entire facility or who may need additional support. We also have a "special assistance area" in our EMU and Chelsea vaccine clinics that are nearer the entrances and can accommodate individuals needing assistance. Please let us know when you arrive if you need any additional support.

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].. Capacity is limited and it may take longer to request vaccination this way. 

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

We're unable to replace vaccine cards, but we record all vaccinations in a statewide database called MCIR (the Michigan Care Improvement Registry). You can contact your primary care physician to get a copy of your MCIR record, which will include your COVID-19 vaccine information.