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COVID-19 vaccination information guide by county

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 10:28 AM EST
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(WSAZ) -- The interactive map below is your one-stop shop leading to information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in your county.

West Virginians may now pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccination at vaccinate.wv.gov. Those who have already been placed on a waitlist through their local health department or other medical provider, as well as those who have already received their first vaccine dose, will be integrated into this new system and do not need to pre-register.

Walgreens is no longer using West Virginia’s vaccination scheduling system. The chain is making appointments with West Virginians on its own.

You can schedule an appointment by clicking here.

West Virginians can also schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at Fruth by calling your local pharmacy.

A few county health departments have a vaccine registration form to fill out for an appointment. (The link will not work for counties that have not created an appointment registration form.)

Authorized and Recommended Vaccines

Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

  1. Pfizer-BioNTech
  2. Moderna
  3. Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

Here are seven things the CDC wants you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines:

1. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.

CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.

2. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.

Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

3. CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited.

To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first.

Learn more about who should be vaccinated first when vaccine supplies are limited.

4. There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

5. After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

6. Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.

7. The first COVID-19 vaccines are being used under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.

Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization authorityexternal icon and watch a video on what an EUA is.

If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. Learn more about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. CDC continues to work at all levels with partners, including healthcare associations, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that can accommodate different vaccines and adapt to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed distribution plans to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

According to the CDC, the answer is no. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Should I avoid getting the vaccine if I currently have COVID-19?

State and local health experts tell WSAZ there are two big reasons to avoid getting a COVID vaccine if you’re currently, COVID positive. Click here for more information on this and what you should look out for before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

For what to expect before, during and after vaccination click here.

For more COVID-19 facts click here.

For information about questions commonly asked about COVID-19, as well as some myths, click here.

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