Benefits of Getting the Vaccine – Stronger Together
A vaccine can limit the spread of the disease by helping to protect you and those around you. Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to protect you from contracting the virus and to limit the severity of the disease should you contract it. We know from other diseases and their vaccines that we can slow or stop the spread of disease when roughly 60 to 80% of a population gets vaccinated, which is why it’s important for those eligible to get vaccinated.
Are you eligible for the vaccine or booster? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the most current vaccine guidelines, including booster recommendations. If getting the vaccine or booster is right for you, we make it easy to schedule an appointment. If you are still unsure, contact your primary care physician.
Learn more about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccination or booster.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
You will be given a choice of vaccine manufacturer based on availability and eligibility at the time of scheduling. This information may vary from week to week based on the vaccination supply provided to us by the state.
Is vaccination required?
At this time, the state of Wisconsin is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for individuals.
Like many other health systems around southeast Wisconsin and the U.S., the Froedtert & MCW health network considers being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be a condition of employment. To keep everyone safe, our staff and providers are required to get vaccinated unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.
Where can I get the vaccine?
When scheduling your appointment to get your vaccine with the Froedtert & MCW health network, you will be presented with all options regarding which location and vaccinations we are currently offering. This information may vary from week to week based on the vaccination supply provided to us by the state.
Am I still eligible to receive a vaccine if I’ve had COVID-19?
Yes, you may receive a vaccine if you have already had COVID-19 infection, are not acutely ill, and have met the CDC criteria for discontinuing isolation.
- At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and,
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and,
- Other symptoms have improved.
Currently there are no recommendations regarding the minimum time between infection and vaccination. If you have had a prior COVID-19 infection, you may delay vaccination for 90 days after the infection, since reinfection is not common during this time frame.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have recently received different vaccinations?
You can receive COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines without regard to timing.
Can I get the flu shot and a COVID-19 shot at the same time?
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
Do I need the COVID-19 vaccination if I’ve had my flu shot?
We encourage everyone to get both the flu vaccine and all COVID-19 vaccinations appropriate for them. The COVID-19 and flu vaccines train your immune system to protect you against completely different viruses. Getting a shot that protects you against one virus will not offer any protection against the other.
What is the cost of the vaccine?
Vaccine doses will be offered at no cost. There is an administration fee to be vaccinated; however, it is covered by all health insurers. Froedtert & MCW health network will not bill uninsured patients for the administration fee. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine or administration.
How do I update my COVID-19 vaccination records?
If you received your vaccination elsewhere and it is not showing up in your medical record, please check back later. We’re working to get your vaccination records from the state registry and will connect it to your account as soon as possible.
How can I share my COVID-19 vaccination records or test results when asked to show proof?
Froedtert & MCW App
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination records or test results through the Froedtert & MCW mobile app. Download the free Froedtert & MCW app if you haven’t already.
Whether it’s for work, travel or a local event, the Froedtert & MCW mobile app gives you three ways to share your COVID-19 vaccination records and test results.
- Generate a QR code* to be scanned right from your mobile device.
- Download a PDF with your vaccination QR code*.
- Export your COVID-19 records to another app.
You can also access your COVID-19 vaccination records or test results through MyChart. From the MyChart menu, navigate to “COVID-19,” then choose how you would like to share your information.
*Please note that an ordinary QR scanner will not be able to read your QR code. To protect your privacy, these QR codes need to be scanned by devices equipped with specific verification software in order to show meaningful data.
Are there any known side effects?
Mild to moderate side effects including fever, body aches and chills may occur in some people who receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Your arm may feel sore at the place where the shot was given for several days afterward.
Will the COVID-19 vaccines impact my fertility, fertility treatments or pregnancy?
The CDC now recommends that pregnant women, those breastfeeding and those trying to get pregnant, get vaccinated against COVID-19. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine offers you the best protection possible. If you have questions or concerns, we recommend talking with your primary care or OB provider.
Can I take an over-the-counter pain medication before I receive my COVID-19 vaccination?
We do not recommend taking over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as it may alter your immune response. You may take over-the-counter pain medication after receiving the vaccine should you have symptoms such as fever or muscle aches. If you have additional questions regarding your medications, we recommend consulting your primary care provider or physician before scheduling your vaccination appointments.
Can I get the vaccine if I had or am having surgery?
If you had a recent surgery or have an upcoming surgery, you may still get the COVID-19 vaccine. You should talk with your provider to determine the right time for you to get vaccinated. To avoid any potential side effects that may impact your care plan, we recommend that you get the vaccine at least three days before your surgery or seven days after your surgery. If you are running a fever, your surgery may need to be delayed. We will not delay urgent or emergency surgeries due to vaccination.