COVID-19 vaccinations

What you should know

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three vaccines for COVID-19. ProHealth Care is scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for patients who are 18 or older.

If you have been seen by a ProHealth Care provider in the last two years, you can call 262-928-5566 or use your ProHealth MyChart account to schedule your vaccination appointment. We are not able to accommodate requests for specific vaccines.

VaccineFinder.org and the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s provider map make it easy for you to find other vaccination options. Waukesha County is also providing vaccinations and uses a vaccine waitlist to contact people when an opening is available.

Commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination

What vaccines are available?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to three vaccines. Two-dose vaccines were developed by Pfizer and Moderna. A single-dose option was developed by Johnson & Johnson. Other COVID-19 vaccines may be approved in the months ahead.

Who is being vaccinated at this time?

ProHealth Care is currently vaccinating any established patient who is 18 or older.

If you have been seen by a ProHealth Care provider in the last two years, you can call 262-928-5566 or use your ProHealth MyChart account to schedule your vaccination appointment.

We are not able to accommodate requests for specific vaccines.

When will ProHealth Care offer vaccinations to all patients and others in the community?

ProHealth looks forward to providing vaccinations for all who wish to be protected from the virus. The availability of the vaccines will determine how quickly this can happen. ProHealth will follow federal and state guidelines with regard to vaccination priorities.

Can I get on a vaccine wait list for vaccination?

ProHealth Care is not maintaining a wait list.

Can I make an appointment with my doctor to get vaccinated?

No. COVID-19 vaccinations are not being offered in physician offices at this time. In an effort to create a highly efficient process, ProHealth Care has established a central vaccination site where we intend to vaccinate hundreds of patients a day.

If I am not a ProHealth patient but wish to be vaccinated, what should I do?

Contact your provider’s office. You also may wish to take advantage of a community vaccination program or visit a retailer that is offering vaccinations.

VaccineFinder.org and the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s provider map make it easy for you to find other vaccination options. Waukesha County is also providing vaccinations and uses a vaccine waitlist to contact people when an opening is available.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Yes. A vaccine earns government approval only after it has been proven to be both safe and effective. The approval process involves panels of independent experts retained by the pharmaceutical companies as well as reviews by the FDA’s own scientific staff and an independent panel of experts convened by the FDA. No serious safety concerns have been reported with any of the available vaccines.

Can I get COVID-19 from these vaccines?

No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccines.

Are the new vaccines effective?

Yes, all three of the vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States have been shown to be highly effective.

How many shots will be needed?

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will require two doses to ensure full protection. The Pfizer vaccine will require a second dose 21 days after the initial shot, and the Moderna vaccine will require a second dose 28 days later. The vaccines are not interchangeable, meaning that you will need to receive the same type of vaccine for both doses.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose.

How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?

It normally takes two to three weeks for immunity to develop and several weeks for a full antibody response.

Will the vaccinations cause side effects?

Some people may experience side effects, including sore arms, muscle aches and fever. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. These symptoms are not expected to last long.

How long will immunity last after vaccination?

Researchers are not yet able to answer this question. The long-term effectiveness of the new vaccines is still being studied.

After I am vaccinated, should I continue to wear a mask and take other precautions?

Yes. Absolutely. We all will need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands often. These precautions will be required until enough people have been vaccinated to contain the spread of the virus.

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

Vaccination is recommended unless you were only recently infected. If you had COVID-19 within the last 10 days, you should wait until you have fully recovered before you get vaccinated.

Can I be vaccinated if I am allergic to eggs?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines are not made from egg components.

Can children be vaccinated?

More research is required before a vaccine can be made available to children. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for those 18 and older.

Can women who are pregnant be vaccinated?

Pregnant women should consult with their doctors about whether to get vaccinated.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19 vaccines?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has included a great deal of information on its website.

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