COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) expanded availability for COVID-19 vaccinations by offering first, second, and third (booster) and fourth (2nd booster) doses (for ages 12+) vaccines without an appointment at our walk-in clinics. Walk-in clinics make it easier for county residents who would like to be vaccinated for protection against COVID-19.

(For information about the booster doses, continue scrolling to information below.)

LCHD offers all COVID-19 vaccines DOSES (1-4 - Pfizer only) with no appointment at the health department’s walk-in clinics, located at 675 Price Road in Newark. The walk-in clinics are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00AM-NOON and 2:00PM-4:00PM

LCHD is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine at our walk-in clinics. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to individuals aged 5 and up. Please bring proof of identification to receive a vaccine.

Individuals who are homebound may call LCHD at (740) 349-6535 to arrange a COVID-19 vaccination at their home.

To view a list of all vaccine providers in Licking County, click here.

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Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • LCHD is currently administering first, second, and third (booster) dose Pfizer vaccines at our walk-in clinics. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to individuals aged 5 and up. Please bring proof of identification to receive a vaccine. All minors need to have a parent/guardian present with them at the vaccine clinic. 

 

Can I get the vaccine / booster if I just had COVID-19?

  • As long as you are out of your isolation period and feeling well and you did not receive the monoclonal antibodies, YES, you can get the vaccine / booster at any time!
    • If you did receive the monoclonal antibodies, you need to wait 90 days before receiving your vaccine / booster.

 

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 Booster?

  • Pfizer
    • Available for ages 12 and older
    • At least 5 months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series
    • Ages 12-17 can ONLY receive the Pfizer booster
    • Adults ages 50+ can choose to receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster
    • LCHD only has the Pfizer vaccine
  • Moderna (LCHD does not have Moderna vaccines)
    • Available for ages 18 and older
    • At least five months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series
    • Adults ages 50+ can choose to receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster
  • Johnson and Johnson (LCHD does not have J&J vaccines)
    • Available for ages 18 and older
    • At least two months after receiving your first J&J COVID-19 vaccination
    • Anyone who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for both their first dose and booster may receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster
      • Either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
    • Adults ages 50+ can choose to receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster, regardless of what type of booster they received

 

Information about COVID Booster Doses:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a single COVID-19 “2nd” booster dose for certain individuals.  Those 50 years of age and older may receive a 2nd booster COVID-19 dose at least 4 months after receiving their initial booster dose.  Those 12 years of age & older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may also receive a 2nd booster COVID-19 dose at least 4 months after receiving their initial booster dose.  Please see the following list to determine if you meet the criteria for being moderately to severely immunocompromised.

People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome,
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

 

What if I don't have transportation to a vaccine clinic?

  • The Licking County Transit Board provides free transportation to and from all vaccine clinics in Licking County. Community members can call Transit to request service to a vaccine clinic, letting the dispatcher know it's for a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule a ride, call 740-670-5185 and press 1 or call 1-800-350-7071.

How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost?

There is no out-of-pocket cost for you to get a COVID-19 vaccine. LCHD may ask for your insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid information to charge an administration fee to insurance. However, you will not pay a fee directly.

GENERAL VACCINE INFORMATION

Which vaccine will I receive?

  • LCHD is an approved vaccine distributor and currently offers the FDA approved manufacturer Pfizer vaccine.

I lost my CDC Vaccine Record Card, how do I get a new one?

  • Your doctor has access to the state-wide database with COVID-19 vaccine information and can provide you a record of vaccination. Or, if you received your COVID-19 vaccine from LCHD, email stayathome@lickingcohealth.org with your name, date of birth, and phone number and LCHD will email your immunization record to you. We work on these requests at a first-come, first-served basis so please be patient for a reply.

What are the other COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Licking County?

  • To view a list of all vaccine providers in Licking County, click here.

How do I get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Individuals who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine 21 or more days ago may walk-in to LCHD's clinic for their second vaccine dose without an appointment. Please remember to bring identification and your CDC vaccine record card in order to receive your second dose of vaccine. The walk-in clinics are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00AM-NOON and from 2:00PM-4:00PM. Per the CDC, the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

How do I get my third (booster) dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The CDC recommends individuals age 12+ should receive a third (booster) dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after completing the first two doses of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.
  • LCHD is offering third (booster) dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics to eligible individuals at our walk-in vaccine clinic.
  • Individuals who received one dose of Johnson & Johnson are eligible to receive a booster dose of Pfizer two months after their initial dose.
  • Individuals who received two doses of Moderna are eligible to receive a third (booster) dose of Pfizer six months after their second dose.

What if I received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson for my previous vaccinations and want a Pfizer third (booster)?

  • Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, LCHD is offering COVID-19 Third (booster) vaccine doses of Pfizer to individuals who first received Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer.
  • Individuals who received one dose of Johnson & Johnson are eligible to receive a booster dose of Pfizer two months after their initial dose.
  • Individuals who received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer are eligible to receive a third (booster) dose of Pfizer six months after their second dose.

What if I received my first or second COVID-19 vaccine from another provider?

  • LCHD's walk-in vaccine clinics are able to accommodate individuals who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine 21 or more days ago, even if it was from a different provider. Please remember to bring identification and your CDC vaccine record card in order to receive your second dose of vaccine.

If your agency would like to host a vaccine clinic, please email us at health@lickingcohealth.org with more details and a member of our team will follow up with you to discuss your request and availability.

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