Vaccine FAQs

Last updated 2/15/21

See FAQ document from the state for additional information: available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese

See our vaccine sign up page for FAQs about requesting a vaccine appointment. 

General COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

Will we still need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash our hands often as more people get vaccinated?

Yes. Even after getting vaccinated, COVID-19 prevention measures will still be needed for some time.

Will there be a cost for getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

No. There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.

When can I get my vaccine?

It depends on many factors including where you fall in the prioritization guidance, vaccine supply, and staffing capacity. Please be patient. It may take weeks or months to move through each phase, depending on vaccine supplies and staffing capacity. You can check to see if you are eligible to request an appointment here.

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine are needed?

Everyone will need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for it to be as effective as possible.

If I already had COVID-19, should I get the vaccine when it becomes available to me?

Yes. According to the CDC, vaccination should be offered regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic infection. Current evidence suggests that people who have had COVID-19 may be protected for up to 90 days after their initial infection, so they may decide to wait until after this period, if desired.

Is the vaccine required?

No There is no requirement to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Is it okay to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen after getting the vaccine to ease any post-vaccine discomfort?

The guidelines for the vaccine state that antipyretic or analgesic medications (e.g., acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen) may be taken for the treatment of post-vaccination local or systemic symptoms, if medically appropriate. However, taking these medications before being vaccinated for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not currently recommended. Information on the impact of such use on mRNA COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibody responses is not available at this time.

Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Questions

What vaccine does WCHD have?

WCHD is receiving and administering the Pfizer vaccine. 

I lost my vaccine card after getting vaccinated with WCHD. How can I get a record of my COVID-19 vaccination?

We're unable to replace vaccine cards, but we record all vaccinations in a statewide database called MCIR (the Michigan Care Improvement Registry). You can contact your primary care physician to get a copy of your MCIR record, which will include your COVID-19 vaccine information.

Who can get vaccinated through WCHD?

People who live or work in Washtenaw County will be able to get vaccinated through WCHD.

What accommodations are available for those who might have trouble getting through the clinic?

Reserved parking spaces closer to the entrance are available. Assistance or wheelchairs are available for those who may not be able to walk through the entire facility or who may need additional support. Please let us know when you arrive if you need any additional support.

Can I come to my appointment early?

Please remain in your car for a few minutes before your scheduled time. You may check in starting 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.