Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day? Get the answers to these questions and more at the CDC's Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines page.
What are current quarantine procedures?
The CDC is constantly evaluating the data and updating its quarantine procedures. For the latest recommendations please visit their website.
Are Monoclonal Antibody Infusions being offered in the Cape Girardeau Area?
If you or someone you know have tested positive for COVID, you may qualify for a Regen-COV infusion. This treatment has been shown to reduce symptoms, related hospitalizations, and ER visits in patients at high risk for severe disease.
Don't wait! Call your Primary Care Provider or (660) 829-6647 for more information and to be referred. Patients with a positive COVID test who are within 10 days of the start of symptoms and meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible:
Age 65 or greater
Chronic kidney disease
Immunosuppressive disease or treatment
Cardiovascular disease or hypertension
Chronic lung disease
Sickle cell disease
Other medical conditions or factors that place individuals at increased risk.
Who is eligible for the third dose booster shot?
Everyone ages 18 and older are now eligible to get a booster shot.
If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:
You should get a booster at least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series
If you received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen:
You should get a booster at least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?
Some vaccination sites ask for proof of identity or eligibility. Officials recommend that you bring a driver’s license or other state-issued ID that shows your name, age, and state residency, and health insurance card, if you have one. You will not be charged, but the vaccine provider may bill your insurer a fee for administering the vaccine. The CDC says to wear a mask at your appointment.
Which vaccines require a second shot?
The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. If you get one of these, you’ll need a follow-up dose to be effectively immunized. The recommended second-shot date is three weeks after a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna’s, but the CDC says an interval of up to six weeks is acceptable. You should get a card from your provider saying when and where to return for the second dose. The state says it will send reminders via text, emails, and phone calls. Johnson & Johnson's vaccine requires just one shot.
What should I do with my vaccine card?
You should get a small white card at your vaccination appointment with your name, birth date, name of the vaccine you received, and the date it was administered. If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, bring your card when you get your second shot.
You may need your vaccine card for certain kinds of travel or other activities, so keep it in a safe place. You can take a photo of it with your smartphone for your own records. Experts say that posting a photo of your card to social media could make you vulnerable to identity theft. If you lose your card or did not receive one, contact your vaccine provider or your local health department to get a copy.
What if I lost my vaccination card?
If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider site where you received your vaccine to access your vaccination record.
Should I still wear a mask after getting vaccinated?
It takes two weeks to build immunity after the single-dose shot and after the second dose of the two-dose shots. Due to the continuing circulation of the Delta variant, the CDC is recommending fully vaccinated people in areas with high and substantial COVID-19 transmission wear a mask in indoor settings, including schools.
The CDC recommends continuing to wear a mask on planes, buses, and trains, and other shared transport while traveling into, within or out of the United States.