The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.
According to the CDC if you have pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
To reduce pain at the site of the shot you can apply a clean, cool and wet washcloth to the area.
Call your doctor or healthcare provider if:
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
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Beginning March 1st Riley County will be following the vaccine phases as mandated by Kansas Department of Health and Education Services.
Explanation of phases CLICK HERE
To help protect our most vulnerable citizens, we are currently working to vaccinate those 65 and older with severe medical risks. Individuals who are 18-64 with severe medical risks fall under KDHE’s Phase 3.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 years and older. and the Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older. Trials did not initially include children and more study is needed to determine effectiveness for children under the age of 16.
To date, Riley County Health Department has only received the Moderna vaccine.
Generally, two doses are needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19. The first dose “primes” the immune system, helping the body recognized the virus, and the second dose strengthens the immune response.
According to a document Moderna submitted to the FDA, it’s vaccine can provide 80.2% protection after one dose, compared to 95.6% after the second (in people aged 18 to 65 – it’s 86.4% in those over 65).
How do I know when I can get my booster shot?
Do I need to re-register for the second dose?
How do I get an appointment for my second dose?
Do you have enough doses for the second dose?
Do I need to get my second dose from the same organization I got my first?
What are the side effects of the second dose?
Should I take Tylenol before I get my booster shot?
Yes. Vaccines are the safest medicines used in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both COVID-19 vaccines have shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19. Those vaccines were carefully evaluated in clinical trials and were only approved because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. Getting a vaccine is a safer way to help your body protect you by creating an antibody response without getting sick.
While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing help reduce your chances of being exposed or spreading it to others, these steps are not enough. Getting a vaccine and following the CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection.
Experts believe that getting the vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill if you happen to get COVID-19.
We believe vaccines may be available to the general public (Phase 4) sometime in the spring - but we do not know for sure. We receive our vaccines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Riley County is currently vaccinating in Phase 2.
Riley County Vaccine Phases
Shots are currently being administered at Pottorf Hall at CiCo Park in Manhattan.
There is an aTa Bus stop at CiCo Park on Route 1, which is highlighted in red below. The bus begins running at 7:00 am and stops at 7:27 pm. Click HERE for more information.
Yes. The mask order is still in effect in Riley County as well as the City of Manhattan.
CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household. Social distance and good hand hygiene should also continue.
If you have received both doses of the vaccine, it is recommended you continue to wear a mask so you do not risk spreading COVID-19 to those who have not been vaccinated.
Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
There are an estimated 75,000 people in Riley County. The small amount of vaccines we have received were given to those who are in Phase 1 (healthcare providers, EMS staff, first responders, some health department staff, and a few critical infrastructure staff) and we have now begun Phase 2. We are prioritizing those who are most at risk for catching or spreading the virus, or are essential for the safety of the community.
As additional shipments are received, Riley County will move through the phases of vaccine priority below and work as quickly as possible to get everyone vaccinated who wishes to be.
If you are interested in receiving the coronavirus vaccine in the future, please go to our website and sign up here: www.rileycountyks.gov/vaccinerequest . Vaccines are not available to the general public right now.
If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and provide your information over the phone: 785-565-6560. If you do not reach someone, please leave a message with your first and last name and phone number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Currently, two vaccines have been approved for distribution in the fight against COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna have both produced vaccines the FDA has deemed safe and effective.
To see a breakdown of both of the vaccines please click below:
COVID-19 VACCINE FACT SHEET