Vaccine Updates

 

Everyone ages 12 and up is eligible for 1st and 2nd dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations.
Everyone ages 18 and up is eligible for 1st and 2nd dose Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations.

Additional Dose for People with Moderately to Severely Compromised Immune Systems

CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccineClick here for more information regarding those moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Update: The CDC Recommends Use of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Resume. This link includes information on "What You Need to Know" and "J&J/Janssen Vaccine Questions and Answers" along with other important information. The J&J vaccine is not yet available at Central Racine County Health Department.

Read here for Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults. See also DHS Health Alert #30.

To report an adverse event following vaccination at CRCHD, call 262-898-4460. To report an adverse event following vaccination from another healthcare provider, call that provider. In addition, anyone may also directly report adverse events post-vaccination at VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). 

 

Booster Eligibility 

 

DHS recommends that the following populations SHOULD receive a booster dose of Pfizer at least 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine in order to further strengthen their immunity:

  • 65 years and older
  • All residents in long-term care
  • People ages 50-64 years with certain underlying medical conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
    • Dementia or other neurological conditions
    • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
    • Down syndrome
    • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension)
    • HIV infection
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight or obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Smoking, current or former
    • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
    • Substance use disorders

DHS recommends that the following populations MAY receive a booster dose of Pfizer atleast 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine, after considering their individual risks and benefits:

  • People 18-49 years with certain underlying medical conditions (see above)
  • People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or institutional settings. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers:
    • ​First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, staff at congregate care facilities)
    • Education staff (teachers, support staff, childcare workers)
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Corrections workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
      ​This list could be updated in the future

If you are not certain if you should receive an additional vaccine dose or a booster dose, people should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether geting an additional dose or a booster dose is appropriate for them.

 

Where Can I Get a Vaccine?

COMMUNITY-BASED VACCINATION CLINIC IN RACINE COUNTY:

  • Regency Mall (old Burlington Coat Factory store)
  • Tuesdays (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and Thursdays (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Walk-ins are welcome! Individuals ages 12-17 are welcome AND must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE TO THOSE ELIGIBLE
  • If you do not want to walk-in, you may make an appointment using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry (WCVR) or by calling (844) 684-1064
  • If you have more questions about the registry, go to What is the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry?

VACCINE PROVIDERS:

  • DHS call center for questions ranging from medical questions to finding a vaccinator to getting help registering for a vaccine: (844) 684-1064.
  • CDC Vaccine Finder

CENTRAL RACINE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

​​ADRC IN HOME VACCINATIONS:

  • In-home vaccinations are available for homebound individuals living in Racine County through a partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Ascension, and Hometown Pharmacy.
  • Call (262) 636-3200 for an appointment.
  • Click here for more information.

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Pre- and Post-Vaccination Information

 

​If you feel sick after being vaccinated:

  • If you have symptoms immediately after vaccination AND you have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19:
    • COVID-19 vaccine side effects can affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
    • If your symptoms do not go away, call your healthcare provider to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If your symptoms go away, you can return to work if the following conditions are met:
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms immediately after vaccination AND you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested and remain home until test results are back.
  • If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

If you receive the J&J Vaccine: For three weeks after receiving the vaccine, you should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot with low platelets. These include: severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision; shortness of breath; chest pain; leg swelling; persistent abdominal pain; easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site. Seek medical care right away if you develop one or more of these symptoms.

To report an adverse event following vaccination at CRCHD, cal 262-898-4460. To report an adverse event following vaccination from another healthcare provider, call that provider. In addition, anyone may also directly report adverse events post-vaccination at VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).

 

Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

More Information About the Vaccine