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 received official guidance to administer booster shots to those who have received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 primary series vaccines. No matter what vaccine you received, you may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster. The following individuals are recommended to get a booster shot:
If you received a Pfizer series:
- Age 12+
If you received a Moderna series:
- Age 18+
If you received a J&J vaccine:
- Age 18+
When should you get a booster shot?
- At least 5 months after Pfizer or Moderna 2nd dose
- At least 2 months after J&J single dose
OCHD is still administering an additional dose to those that are moderately to severely immunocompromised at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
A: OCHD is distributing the primary Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 18 or older (This vaccine has not been approved for anyone younger than 18 years of age.) The primary Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone age 5 or older.
A Moderna Booster vaccine is available for anyone age 18 or older. The Pfizer Booster vaccine is available for anyone age 12 or older. An efficient process with all vaccines continues to be offered through our clinic located on Commerce Parkway in LaGrange. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for anyone age 5 or older at OCHD, call 502-222-3516 during normal business hours.
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 severe cases of COVID are occurring within unvaccinated people. Severe disease resulting in hospitalization indicate up to 99% of these individuals are unvaccinated. 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).