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 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.
LCHD offers COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment at the health department’s walk-in clinics, located at 675 Price Road in Newark. The walk-in clinics are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LCHD is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine at our walk-in clinics. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to individuals aged 12 and up. Please bring proof of identification to receive a vaccine. LCHD's Walk-In clinic also provides third dose vaccines to immunocompromised individuals.
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.
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- LCHD is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine at our walk-in clinics. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to individuals aged 12 and up. Please bring proof of identification to receive a vaccine.
- LCHD's Walk-In clinic also provides third dose vaccines to immunocompromised individuals.
All minors need to have a parent/guardian present with them at the vaccine clinic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the health department, 675 Price Rd., in Newark. 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 dose of COVID-19 vaccine if I am immunocompromised?
- LCHD's Walk-In clinic also provides third dose vaccines to immunocompromised individuals. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition to determine if getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
- Eligibility for a third dose COVID-19 vaccine (per the CDC and ODH):
- Individuals undergoing active treatment for cancer (solid tumor and hematologic malignancies).
- Individuals who have received a solid-organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy.
- Individuals who have received a CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplant or taking immunosuppression therapy).
- Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Individuals undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
How do I get my third dose of COVID-19 vaccine if I am NOT immunocompromised?
- LCHD is working to coordinate third dose vaccine clinics for Licking County residents. When finalized guidance regarding third doses is released, appointments will be made available through an online appointment registration system on our website. These clinics will be scheduled when guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is finalized.
- Last month, U.S. health officials announced that third doses of COVID-19 vaccine may be offered beginning the week of September 20.
- However, the timeline and eligibility requirements for third doses are still being reviewed by the CDC and the FDA. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is meeting on September 17, 2021, to finalize their recommendations on the use of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the public.
- It is anticipated that the guidance issued by ACIP will be in regard to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, and it is unclear if guidance will be issued regarding the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
What if I received my first 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 email@example.com with more details and a member of our team will follow up with you to discuss your request and availability.