Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool in fighting off the virus. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC now also recommends COVID-19 booster shots. If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, anyone over the age of 12 is recommended to receive the booster shot at least 5 months after the primary vaccination series. If you received the Moderna vaccine, anyone over the age of 18 is recommended to receive the booster shot at least 5 months after the primary vaccination series. Finally, if you received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen’s vaccine, anyone over the age of 18 is recommended to receive the booster shot at least 2 months after the primary vaccination series. Click here to learn more about the booster shot and which one is recommended for you.
You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.
Different COVID-19 Vaccines
All currently available, authorized, and recommended COVID-19 vaccines:
CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another; however, they do recommend certain boosters depending on the vaccine you have received.
1 If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine you are scheduled to receive, you should not get that vaccine. If you have been instructed not to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be able to get another type. Learn more information for people with allergies.
2 You should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 4-week interval as possible. However, your second shot may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary.
3 If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, you should get your booster at least 5 months after your second vaccine dose. If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, you should get your booster at least 2 months after your first dose.
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
With so much skepticism about the vaccine and booster shots, accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors.
Click here to read more about some of the frequently asked questions listed below.
- Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
- Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
- Can CDC mandate that I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
- After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
- Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
- Can COVID-19 vaccines cause variants?
- Is the natural immunity I get from being sick with COVID-19 better than the immunity I get from the COVID-19 vaccination?
COVID-19 vaccination expands in Indiana
Anyone age 5 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Booster age restrictions vary. Click here to register or call 211 (866-211-9966) if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at most vaccination sites.
When you enter a ZIP code to search for a vaccination site, you will find several vaccination locations near you. The site’s information will include which vaccine is likely available at the site (excludes sites in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program other than Walmart). You can click “Find Next Available Appointment” to get to the soonest date and time. Zoom out on the map to expand your search. If you don’t see the vaccination site you’re looking for, it’s possible that all appointments are full.
For more information on the vaccine, possible side effects, the effectiveness and more, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking here.
To find a vaccination site, make an appointment or find a provider near you, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health website by clicking here.