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COVID-19 Vaccines

Millions of people have been safely vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination is safe and effective, and will help us get back to doing the things we love. The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to prevent COVID-19 and are our best hope for ending the pandemic. 

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Everyone 12 and over is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. 

Scheduling an appointment is easy. Simply call (888) 39-MERCY (888-396-3729) and someone will help you schedule an appointment at the Mercyhealth hospital most convenient for you.

You can also schedule an appointment through Mercyhealth MyChart by clicking here, or by calling your primary care doctor’s office.

Please note that if you are scheduling for a minor, you must schedule the appointment with a primary care doctor. Any patient under the age of 18 must have a parent present to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you’ve been vaccinated somewhere other than Mercyhealth, please call your primary care doctor so they can update your medical record.


COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

Patients can schedule an appointment over the phone for a COVID-19 booster shot during regularly scheduled vaccine administration days at various Mercyhealth locations. Patients are encouraged to bring their CDC vaccination card with them to their appointment.

In order to be eligible, patients must have received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months prior. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not authorized by the CDC or FDA for boosters at this time.

Patients can call (888) 39-MERCY (888-396-3729) and someone will help them schedule an appointment at the Mercyhealth location most convenient for them.

Availability of appointments may be expanded as demand indicates.

If a timely appointment is not available, patients are also encouraged to make use of other community resources for vaccination. Available locations can be found by visiting https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ and entering your zip code.

FDA Approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 16+

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. The FDA approved vaccine will be marketed under the name Comirnaty® for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19  vaccine will continue to be available under emergency use authorization, including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD.

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COVID-19 FAQ for patients

For a list of questions and answers for patients on the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

Quick answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccines

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

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.

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.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

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 my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?

More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children younger than 16 years old.

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.

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

Why do I need two COVID-19 shots?

Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.

Will the shot hurt or make me sick?

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.

Are there long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccine?

Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.

How do I know if COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.

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

All recipients who receive the vaccine should enroll in v-safe. This is a smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call to follow up. You will be given instructions for how to enroll when you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Wisconsin Residents: DHS  Launches Vaccine Newsletter

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a weekly newsletter to provide updates to the public on COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout in Wisconsin.

In addition to an update on vaccine eligibility and the number of vaccinations administered in Wisconsin, the weekly newsletter will include key updates from the previous week, as well as COVID-19 resources and links to where Wisconsinites can find more detailed information. Click here to register.

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