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Frequently Asked Questions: What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine in Indiana?
The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IDOH’s Vaccine Allocation Plan Development Advisory Group recommendations for prioritizing vaccine distribution efficiently, fairly, and ethically. The first round of vaccine (called phase 1a, which started Dec. 14, 2020) was allocated to long-term care center staff and healthcare personnel who, in their line of work, have the potential for exposure to COVID-19 patients or infectious material. Phase 1b was announced by IDOH on Jan. 6, 2021. Eligibility expands as additional vaccine becomes available. Recipient categories are determined by IDOH and Parkview does not determine the criteria.
Currently eligible individuals are Indiana residents age 16 and older; healthcare workers; educators and school workers; veterans; and other populations listed here. More information on vaccine eligibility is available from IDOH at http://ourshot.in.gov/.
How to register and where to go in Indiana?
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine in Ohio?
Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Ohioans age 40 and older, as well as people with certain medical conditions and those in certain occupations are eligible to be vaccinated through the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program. Beginning March 29, Ohioans 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Ohio’s new Vaccine Management Solution helps Ohio residents check their eligibility, find a provider and receive updates. Go to https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ to check your eligibility and schedule an appointment.
How to register and where to go in Ohio?
When can others not currently eligible receive the vaccine?
Vaccine supply is limited. As the supply pipeline increases, a wider group of Hoosiers and Ohioans will become eligible to receive the vaccine. The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. For updates, visit the IDOH website ourshot.in.gov or the ODH website at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Once eligible, what age groups can receive the vaccine?
The vaccine initially will only be approved for those age 16 and older, as it hasn’t been studied yet in young children or pregnant/breastfeeding women. Studies have shown that the vaccine is effective for those older than 65.
How much will the vaccine cost?
There will be no charge to the person receiving the vaccine. However, insurance information will be collected. Federal guidelines ensure that no one is charged out-of-pocket for the administration of the vaccine. There will be no co-pay and no charge to those who do not have insurance.
The vaccine is free, but insurance may be charged for the administration fee by the Department of Health in the state where the vaccine was administered.
PPG Statement for patients
At Parkview Physicians Group, we care about your health and would encourage our patients to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as they qualify to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is effective and safe. There are very few contraindications to receiving the vaccine and even those that have had COVID-19 should receive the vaccine. Severe reactions to the vaccine are very rare (about 11 per 1 million persons receiving the vaccine). Along with the CDC, PPG considers a history of the following to be a contraindication to vaccination with both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines:
- Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components (including polyethylene glycol [PEG])
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate (due to potential cross-reactive hypersensitivity with the vaccine ingredient PEG)
- Monoclonal antibody infusion within the last 90 days
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. Pregnant women may wish to discuss vaccination with their provider.
Vaccine eligibility in our region is set by state departments of health. For details and updates, visit coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine for Indiana and COVID-19 Vaccination Program (ohio.gov) for Ohio.
Parkview Health Vaccine Clinic
Parkview Health is one of several northeast Indiana health systems participating in the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination program. The Parkview Health vaccine clinic is located at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation.
The vaccination clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center is not open to individuals without appointment. We are unable to accommodate walk-in vaccinations.
Those eligible for vaccination must register for an appointment before arriving at the Parkview Mirro Center through the IDOH website ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.
Parkview Health vaccination clinic is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine.
While the state is allowing minors to receive the vaccine with either the parents going with the minor or to provide written authorization that the minor may receive the vaccine, The Parkview Vaccine clinic requires that parents or guardian must accompany the minor who is receiving the vaccine. We will not allow a 16 or 17 year old to receive the vaccine without their parent or guardian present.
Eligible healthcare workers must also register for an appointment in advance through the link that was provided by the state, or their employer or professional organizations.
Parkview’s vaccine clinic is located at:
Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne 46845
The Mirro Center is located on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus. If you have an appointment for this location, please use the Diebold Road entrance located just north of Manchester College and park in the south parking lot in front of Mirro Center Entrance A. Enter through Entrance A.
Vaccination eligibility and locations are determined by the IDOH; Parkview does not make those determinations. The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. For updates, visit the IDOH website: ourshot.in.gov.
If you are currently eligible for the vaccine and have questions specific to the Parkview vaccination clinic, call 1-877-651-0748 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For general questions related to the vaccine or registration in Indiana, call 2-1-1.
Find more information on COVID-19 vaccination on the Indiana Department of Health website or the Ohio Department of Health website.