Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help our community better understand COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: Who qualifies for a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine?
A: OCHD has only received official guidance for the third dose booster shot for immunocompromised individuals. If you are immunocompromised, you will be able to schedule your booster by calling OCHD. You will be asked to attest to your vulnerabilities with a signature prior to receiving your third shot. There is no approval for non-immunocompromised individuals to receive a third dose booster yet. OCHD will communicate the information via media outlets, our website, and Facebook when we receive approval.
Q: I lost my COVID Vaccination Card. How do I get a replacement?
A: If you received your vaccinations from the Oldham County Health Department, please call 502-222-3516 ext. 160. If you received your vaccinations from another Kentucky provider, please call or email the Kentucky Immunization Registry at 502-564-0038 or email@example.com. If you were vaccinated at an out of state provider, please contact that provider's office for additional information.
Q: Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Which one is OCHD providing and why?
A: OCHD is distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone age 18 or older (These vaccines have not been approved for anyone younger than 18 years of age.) and the Pfizer vaccine to anyone age 12 or older. An efficient process with all vaccines will continue to be offered through our clinic located on Commerce Parkway in LaGrange. To schedule a vaccine at OCHD, please call 502-222-3516 during normal business hours. Or visit the Schedule Appointment section of the website to register for a COVID vaccine.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A: Yes. Evidence continues to show all 3 vaccines are very safe and highly effective at providing immunity against COVID. Most current cases of COVID are occurring within unvaccinated people. Severe disease resulting in hospitalization indicate up to 99% of these individuals are unvaccinated. Risk for severe disease is virtually eliminated in vaccinated people. Therefore, it is much safer to get the vaccine rather than take a risk of contracting COVID.
Q: What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
A: In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
Q: Am I required to wear a mask when I travel?
A: If you travel, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
Q: How will I know if someone is vaccinated?
A: You may not know if someone around you is vaccinated or not, which is why OCHD is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated – because we know the benefits: it protects you, it protects others. Take advantage of this important tool to stay safe and end the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, available, and free.
For more COVID-19 vaccine information in Kentucky, visit kycovid19.ky.gov - Kentucky COVID Vaccine (egov.com).