Anyone age 5 years old and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Find an appointment at VaxOKC.com.
Vaccine QuestionsFor COVID-19 vaccine-related questions or to schedule a homebound appointment (including a booster shot), please call our hotline at (405) 425-4489.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE fOR COVID-19
If you've been informed of a positive test result, isolate yourself from others, including people in your own household until you meet all of the following criteria: 24-hours fever free with no medicine, improving symptoms AND 5 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
It's important for you to be proactive and keep track of dates and your symptoms. Be sure to contact friends and family who you saw within the last five days as well and advise them to be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms.
Once you're out of isolation, wear a well-fitting mask for at least 5 days after showing no symptoms when in public and around others at home.
If you are unable to wear a mask, isolate for 10 days.
If you would like to report your test result to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and aid in the continued effort to track COVID-19, please visit https://covid19portal.health.ok.gov/auth/login. It can only be accessed on a smart phone.
If you have questions about quarantine and isolation protocols, please call the OCCHD hotline at 405-425-4489. More information is also available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-hea.....
Click here to hear stories from area residents about why they were vaccinated against COVID-19.
WHO CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE CURRENTLY?
A third dose is recommended for anyone who is immunocompromised and should be received as soon as 28 days after the second dose. To find out if you qualify for a third dose, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.... Only 4% of the U.S. population falls within this category. More information is available below.
A booster dose is recommended for all adults who received their second vaccine at least six months ago.
Immunocompromised people can now get a fourth dose, which is considered their booster shot. More information is below.
Johnson and Johnson is currently one dose only, but a second dose is recommended for anyone age 18 and older.
HOW MANY DOSES ARE NEEDED?
Moderna and Pfizer require two doses. The first dose starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second dose to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. A booster dose is recommended for anyone age 12 and older who received their second dose at least five months ago.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one initial shot and a booster shot two months after the first shot.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A booster dose?
People who are eligible for a Moderna or Pfizer booster must have received their second Moderna or their second Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago. Boosters are recommended for anyone age 16 and older.
Johnson & Johnson boosters are recommended for anyone age 18 and older and received their initial Janssen vaccine at least two months ago.
People can get a booster that does not match the brand of the brand of their two-dose vaccination. For those who are eligible, an mRNA vaccine booster can be given rather than a Janssen booster.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A Fourth DOSE CURRENTLY?
People who are immunocompromised and have completed a two-dose mRNA vaccination can receive a third dose 28 days after their second vaccination. For immunocompromised patients, three doses is their complete vaccine series.
A fourth dose is recommended five months after the third shot because people who are immunocompromised needed three doses to be as protected as other patients who received two doses.
The CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a fourth dose. This includes people who:
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 year or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose coricosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune system
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Find out more at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines...
Safety of the COVID-19 VaccineS
As of Dec. 16, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed a preference for individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. This preference only applies to individuals age 18 and older. For more information about concerns with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, click here.
A CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy. The analysis did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population. Click here for more safety information on vaccinations for pregnant people.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.
- The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use. Learn how ACIP makes vaccine recommendations.
- FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.
- The FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
BENEFITS OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE
COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING VACCINATED FOR COVID-19
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after your appointment to get vaccinated. These tips from CDC will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
Concerns about side effects
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease.
COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. However, it does take time, and more people getting vaccinated before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. That is why safety monitoring will continue. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates.
How many doses are needed?
Moderna and Pfizer require two doses. The first dose starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second dose to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. A booster dose is recommended for anyone age 16 and older who received their second dose at least six months ago.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one initial shot and a booster shot two months after the first shot.
How much will it cost to get vaccinated?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fundexternal icon
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
The above link explains how the body fights infection and how COVID-19 vaccines protect people by producing immunity. It also describes the different types of COVID-19 vaccines that currently are available or are undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States.
Understanding COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
The linked fact sheet provides information about mRNA vaccines generally and about COVID-19 vaccines that use this new technology specifically.
Authorized and Recommended Vaccines
As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine. CDC will provide information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety, and effectiveness. Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent serious illness from COVID-19:
- Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine (Comirnaty) - FDA Approved
- Moderna’s vaccine - Emergency Use Authorization
- Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine - Emergency Use Authorization
American Sign Language (ASL) videos
Moderna Fact Sheet – Spanish
Moderna Fact Sheet - English
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Fact Sheet - English
COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers
COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and communicate about. The materials on this page were created to help make communicating about COVID-19 a little easier. Choose from videos, posters, social stories, and interactive activities to best meet your communication needs.
Click below to view materials that cover getting the COVID-19 shot, washing your hands, getting a COVID-19 test, as well as wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance until you have gotten your shot.
Click the image below to download & also view in Spanish.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Continue wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing from others. Consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can or find a booster shot.
Taking preventative measures helps to reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. The vaccine will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.