COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 is still spreading in our city. We are experiencing a record number of cases, and, unfortunately, deaths. Until most of us can be vaccinated, wearing a mask and keeping our distance and limiting where we go is still essential to protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities. Even as we celebrate the development of safe and effective vaccines, these safety measures - including staying home when you may be sick - remain crucial parts of our effort to eliminate this pandemic.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will allow us to worship together, reopen schools, and return to work in person. Choosing to be vaccinated helps you and your loved ones stay safe. It helps our community’s most vulnerable members to be protected against this pandemic and the social isolation that comes along with it.
VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN
- Medical First Responders
- Healthcare Personnel
Register for your appointment today with Norton Healthcare. Be sure to click the Tier 1A link for Healthcare Workers. If you have difficulty scheduling, call 502-861-4499 for assistance.
- Schedule Your Appointment
Call 502-861-4499 for assistance
- Non-Medical First Responders
- K-12 Educators
- Individual 70+
Register for your appointment today through one of our healthcare partners. When you register please remember the following:
- Do not sign up with multiple providers. Due to available supply, appointments are limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment.
- Individuals without internet access can have a family member or friend register them.
- If you have health insurance, including Medicare, you must bring your insurance card. There is no cost to you, regardless of your insurance status. All sites operate by appointment only and will require proof of age (such as a valid state identification) on arrival.
- Norton Healthcare
Call 502-861-4499 for assistance
- U of L Health
- Baptist Health
PHASES 1C, 2-4
More information will be provided soon. At our current rate of vaccine supply, vaccinating Tiers 1A - 1B will take through April 2021 to complete but we are hopeful supply will increase soon. To stay informed on our vaccine efforts, please Sign up now for weekly Covid-19 updates.
As we continue our push to fight COVID-19, we need your support. For more information on the volunteer process please visit our Volunteer Information Center.
- When will it be my turn to receive the vaccine?
The CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. Please see the graphic above for more information on the Jefferson County Vaccine Priority groups.
- Who can get vaccinated at LouVax - Broadbent Arena
Currently Tier 1B Non-Medical First Responders and K-12 Educators are the only individuals who are able to get vaccinated at this site. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Appointments will be scheduled through your employer)
- Can I reschedule my vaccine appointment?
Please make every effort to make it to your appointment. Due to high demand, It may be weeks before you are able to be rescheduled.
- What happens to doses when people miss their appointment?
All doses allocated to us are given to the community. If someone misses their appointment the vaccine is provided to the next person in line.
- Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
Yes. Two vaccines that have been approved for use by the FDA after extensive clinical trials involving many thousands of participants, including from racial and ethnic minorities. Both federally approved vaccines were shown to be between 94% and 95% effective. This process was designed carefully and with very strict standards to keep us all safe.
- How many doses of the vaccine is required?
The currently authorized vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States require 2 shots to get the most protection.
- Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
- Moderna doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
When it’s time for your second dose, you will be contacted directly by the organization who administered your first dose for appointment scheduling. You should receive your first and second dose from the same provider.
- Which COVID-19 Vaccine will I receive?
Currently we are only providing the Moderna mRNA vaccine.
- Should I expect side effects from vaccine shots?
Some patients experience mild soreness at the injection site. There have also been reports of fevers and achiness after being vaccinated. Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare.
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
- Is it safe to get vaccinated if pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, but if you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision.
- Can my child get vaccinated?
No, but studies of COVID-19 vaccines in children have started.
- Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given at the same time as another vaccine?
Wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first. If you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
- I have already had COVID-19. Can I still be vaccinated?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
- How much Does it cost? What if my Insurance doesn’t cover it?
COIVD-19 vaccines are free – the US Federal Government is purchasing vaccines on behalf of the American people. If you have insurance, it will cover any costs the providers charge for administering the vaccine; if you don’t, the government will pay these.
- Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance after receiving the vaccine?
Yes. We need to use every tool we have to ensure that we and the people we love stay safe. We’re working to ensure all of our residents can be vaccinated as quickly as possible, but until we’re there we still need to help keep each other safe by maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance and wearing masks around others.
- Will vaccines be mandatory?
No. The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for individuals.
The Louisville COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Taskforce: It’s goal is to ensure the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals living in Jefferson County who wish to be vaccinated. Meet the members of the task force.
CDC's V-safe Smartphone App: V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.