COVID-19 Vaccine Update
We understand community members are excited to have the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The Richland Hospital (https://www.richlandhospital.com/covid19/) has developed a self-scheduling tool to aid in scheduling appointments and you do not need to be a patient of The Richland Hospital to participate.
Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine supply continues to be an issue, so your patience and understanding is appreciated. Once a predictable vaccine supply is achieved, local partners are prepared to offer 1,200-1,400 vaccine appointments every week. When additional COVID-19 vaccines are received in Richland County, additional vaccination clinics will be offered and appointment availability will be announced. Richland County residents are encouraged to sign-up for NIXLE alerts by texting 53581 to 888777 or go to https://www.nixle.com to sign-up to receive emails. You will then receive up-to-date alerts regarding local COVID testing sites and vaccination clinics, severe weather, public safety, criminal activities, missing persons, traffic issues, and local events.
Details and links to Schedule Your Appointment or to Add Your Name to the Waitlist can be found at https://www.richlandhospital.com/covid19/ .
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Recommendations for which groups of people receive the vaccine first come from federal and state governments.
Where can I receive the vaccine?
- Front-line healthcare workers will receive the vaccine from their employer.
- Residents and staff of skilled nursing/long-term care facilities will receive the vaccine on site.
- Once resources for vaccinating the general public are determined, this information will be provided via press release.
Are there age restrictions for who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Yes, the Pfizer vaccine is for ages 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine is for ages 18 and older.
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
How do we know that the COVID-19 Vaccines are safe? What else should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Vaccine approval is driven by science. The FDA, CDC, and independent advisors review all vaccine safety and effectiveness data before any vaccine is approved or allowed for distribution.
- Public Health Madison and Dane County has a great blog post, “How we known the COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe”
- Each COVID-19 vaccine has been studied in tens of thousands of people.
- To date there are no serious, long-term side effects associated with receiving these vaccines, which will be closely monitored as their use expands. The most common side effects include pain and redness at the injection site, chills, and fever. These side effects are a sign of your immune system kicking into gear. They do not signal that the vaccine is unsafe. The minor side effects you may experience from the vaccine are far better than the severity of actually contracting COVID-19.
- Vaccination may not be pleasant and may possibly make people feel feverish or achy as a side effect, but these vaccines CANNOT give someone COVID-19. If someone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine develops a mild fever or chills, they can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- mRNA vaccines have been studied for over 15 years. mRNA products were originally studied as a way to treat cancer. So far, studies have indicated these vaccines are very effective if people receive all of the required doses.
- Preliminary reports indicate that mRNA vaccines may reduce the risk of COVID-19 disease by about 95%, starting a week or two after the second dose.
- Click here to watch a video about how mRNA vaccines work.
- People may have to get the COVID-19 vaccine again in the future–evaluation is ongoing.
- By getting the COVID-19 vaccine, people can take an important step towards helping everyone get back to normal daily life.
- Masks and other social distancing strategies are still recommended by CDC after vaccination.
- Even after you are vaccinated, you’ll still need to practice good pandemic behavior. The current vaccines need two doses for full protection and it takes a few weeks after the second dose for your body to build full immunity. It will take months to reach community immunity. We must continue to stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, physically distance, and practice good hand hygiene.
- For more COVID-19 Vaccine information visit:
- WI DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
Where can I find reputable COVID-19 Vaccine Information?
- WI Department of Health Services:
- COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm
- COVID-19 Vaccine Data: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm
- Centers for Disease Control:
- COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
- Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html
- Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
- Ensuring Vaccines Work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness.html
- Food and Drug Administration: