COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION:
RENO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, 209 W 2nd.
COVID-19 Primary and booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna, and flu vaccinations are available. Moderna vaccines are available for ages 6 months +.
Click here for CDC vaccination schedules (PDF)
If you need assistance getting to the vaccination clinic and returning home, please contact RCAT at 620-694-2913.
Si necesita ayuda para llegar a la clínica de vacunación y regresar a casa, comuníquese con RCAT al 620-694-2913.
COVID-19 VACCINE FAQ'S
When can I get the vaccine?
The Reno County Health Department is following KDHE’s recommendations on vaccine distribution. Vaccines are available for anyone over the age of 6 months, while boosters are available for those over 5.
What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work?
An mRNA vaccine uses a piece of messenger RNA — a set of instructions that tells a cell to make a specific protein. For SARS-CoV-2, this is the spike protein that is found on the surface of the viral envelope. The mRNA used in the vaccine does not enter the cell’s nucleus and consequently has no interaction with a cell’s DNA. It is also not a full virus and cannot replicate itself. Once the spike protein is made, it is put on the surface of the cell, where it is seen by the immune cells and causes them to become activated and respond. The result is the production of neutralizing antibodies. If a person who is immunized becomes infected with the virus, the neutralizing antibodies will bind to the virus and prevent it from entering cells and causing disease.
Can an mRNA vaccine cause COVID-19?
No. An mRNA vaccine is not a virus and can’t cause disease. Because it activates the immune system, it can cause mild symptoms in some people (e.g., fatigue, achiness, fever). Based on data from the clinical trials, the most common reactions to the vaccine are pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms are very common with other vaccines, including the flu shot, and are a sign that the body is responding to the vaccine.
How many doses are required?
Two doses are required of the Pfizer or Moderna, and one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. The time between doses depends on which vaccine was administered. The Pfizer vaccine requires 21 days between doses, while the Moderna is 28 days.
Children and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine:
• Children ages 6 months–5 years: Should receive a 2-dose primary series separated by 4-8 weeks. Currently, a booster dose is not authorized for children in this age group who receive a Moderna primary series.
Children and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:
NOTE: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING PFIZER FOR AGES 6MONTHS-4 YEARS.
• Children ages 6 months – 4 years: Should receive a 3-dose primary series. The first and second doses are separated by 3-8 weeks and the second and third doses are separated by at least 8 weeks. Currently, a booster is not authorized for this age group.
• Children ages 5–11 years: Should receive a 2-dose primary series separated by 3-8 weeks and 1 booster dose at least 5 months after completion of the primary series.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Based on data from the clinical trials, the most common reactions to the vaccine are pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms are very common with other vaccines, including the flu shot, and are a sign that the body is responding to the vaccine. In rare cases, a more significant allergic reaction could occur, thus individuals will be monitored for approximately minutes after receiving the vaccine.
Do I still need to wear a mask after if I get the vaccine?
Yes. Protection from the vaccine is not immediate and it will take 1 to 2 weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated. It is 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 social distancing.
Should I still get the vaccine if I've already had COVID-19?
Yes. People who have already had COVID-19 or tested positive may still benefit from getting the COVID-19 vaccination. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long people are protected from getting COVID-19 after they have had it (natural immunity). Anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved.
If I have allergies, can I get the vaccine?
Yes. Seasonal allergies and even food allergies, including allergies to shellfish and peanuts, do not exclude you from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who had severe reactions, like anaphylaxis, to injectable medication or vaccines in the past should not get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
Can I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There has been no data on the use of COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, these individuals are not excluded from getting the vaccine and they should talk with their physician about the risks and benefits of being vaccinated.
- FAQ's- American Academy of Family Physicians, COVID-19 Vaccine (.pdf)
- KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) COVID-19 Vaccine weekly updates and general information
- CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Information
- Moderna Vaccine Information Sheet
- Pfizer Vaccine Information Sheet
- Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Information Sheet
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