COVID-19 Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions & Update

Edgerton Hospital has been happy to help so many community members to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, we are no longer planning to hold any further first dose clinics. We would still encourage anyone who is still in need of a vaccine to visit https://vaccinefinder.org/

Looking for a booster shot?

(8/18/21) The CDC has announced recommendations for the COVID-19 booster shot beginning in late September. DHS stresses the importance of a booster vaccine for those moderately to severely immunocompromised. Edgerton Hospital will not be administering the 3rd booster vaccine currently. As the situation continues, this may change, and will be communicated to our patients and our community at that time. Thank you for your interest in letting us serve you!

Looking for a test? 

Check out a list of community testing sites here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community-testing.htm

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you have many questions regarding the vaccine, and we would like to remind you that the best source of information can be found by visiting the CDC’s website. Below you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

We would recommend getting the vaccine when it becomes available to you. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.

If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a vaccine?

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.

How many shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?

All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot.

Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes, if your child is 12 or older. CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Do I need to wear a mask and practice social distancing if I’ve received two doses of the vaccine?

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. 

Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?

No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

How do I report problems or bad reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

CDC has implemented a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check-in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

You can also report any side effects HERE.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention