Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, please feel free to contact us.

How do I sign up to get a vaccine? Who qualifies for the vaccine?

You will be contacted to schedule an appointment when you qualify for vaccination according to the phases set forth by the state. View the phases here. Please stay tuned to local media and the Cape Co. Health Department for additional information on future phase activation. Vaccine supply is currently limited. 

 

  • Cape Co Public Health waitlist

  • Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator

  • SoutheastHEALTH waitlist

  • Saint Francis Healthcare System waitlist

 

How will I be notified when it’s my turn to schedule my vaccination appointment? 

You will receive an email or phone call to schedule your appointment when you qualify for vaccination according to the phases set forth by the state. View the phases here.  

 

What do I do if I don’t have an email address for vaccine notifications?

Volunteers and/or Health Department staff will call you to schedule your appointment when you qualify and vaccine supply is available.

 

When will I get notified about scheduling a second vaccination? Do I get an appointment for the second shot when I receive the first dose?

You will receive an email or phone call about one week prior to the date you should receive your second dose with further instructions on your next appointment. Remember, the wait time between vaccines is at least 28 days after your first dose with Moderna and at least 21 days after your first dose with Pfizer. Therefore, it could be 2-3 weeks after your first appointment before you receive an update.

 

Do I have to get the second dose at the same location as my first dose?

No. However, you must receive the same vaccine brand as you did for the first dose for the vaccine to be effective (ex: Pfizer or Moderna). Your vaccine card received at your first appointment, lists which brand and lot number of the vaccine you received.

 

I got my vaccination somewhere else. How do I remove myself from your waitlist? 

You can click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email and you will no longer be contacted with information about future clinics. 

 

How do I cancel an existing appointment? 

Through the same means, you created the appointment. 

You can cancel or reschedule your appointment through Eventbrite or contact the Health Center. 

 

Can I give my appointment time to someone else? 

No. Each individual needs their own appointment. 

 

I have an appointment but my family member does not. Can they come with me and be vaccinated at the same time?

No. Each individual needs their own appointment. This ensures we have enough vaccine supply for those registered that day. 

 

Is the second vaccine dose different from the first dose?

No. You’ll receive the same vaccine twice. Make sure you receive two doses of the same brand of vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer). Your vaccine card received at your first appointment, lists which brand and lot number of the vaccine you received.

 

How much does the vaccine cost? What if I don’t have insurance? 

The vaccination is provided free of charge. Health insurance is not required.

 

Can children get vaccinated?

The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone age 16 and up, and the Moderna vaccine is available to ages 18 and up. Neither vaccine has been approved for use in younger children at this time.

 

I live outside of Cape Girardeau County. Can I still be vaccinated in your area?

Yes; this is considered a federal vaccination program. However, vaccination clinics are likely available closer to your area and allocations of vaccines are made according to need in all areas of the state (population, etc.). Please consider adding your information to the statewide COVID-19 vaccination locator here or working with your county health department or healthcare system/hospital to schedule your vaccination closer to your home.
 

  • Cape Co Public Health waitlist

  • SoutheastHEALTH waitlist

  • Saint Francis Healthcare System waitlist

 

How do I know if I’m considered “high risk” in Phase 1B - Tier 1?

Not all pre-existing conditions are considered high risk for COVID-19 and therefore are not covered in Phase 1B - Tier 1. The following are the specific conditions covered in this tier:
 

  • Cancer

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

  • COPD (chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease)

  • Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome

  • Heart Conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies)

  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant

  • Severe Obesity (BMI greater than 40)

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle Cell Disease

  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

 

Why is it taking so long to receive an email to schedule my appointment? 

Vaccine supply is currently limited. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment when you qualify for vaccination according to the phases set forth by the state. View the phases here. Please stay tuned to local media and the Cape Co. Health Department for additional information on future phase activation.

 

If I’ve already had COVID-19 should I get vaccinated? 

Yes. We are seeing evidence of reinfection, so you should consider getting vaccinated.

 

Can you get this vaccine if you are in quarantine due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case?

You should delay your vaccination if you have had a known SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) exposure until your quarantine period has ended unless residing in a congregate setting (health care/long-term care facility, correctional facility, homeless shelter, etc.).

 

Is it safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated?

Pregnant women are recommended for the vaccines depending on the individual’s risk of acquisition due to the level of community transmission, personal risk of contracting COVID-19 due to occupation or other activities, risks of COVID-19 to the mother and potential risks to the fetus, the efficacy of the vaccine, known side effects of the vaccine and the lack of data about the vaccine during pregnancy.

Sign up on the Missouri Vaccine Navigator here !