Vaccine FAQs


Eligibility & Requirements
Scheduling Your Vaccination
Getting the Vaccine
The Second Dose
Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals
Booster Shots
Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics
Vaccine Types
Vaccine Safety
General Vaccine FAQs

Eligibility & Requirements

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine? 
Individuals 12* years of age or older are eligible to receive the vaccine, regardless of underlying medical conditions. You do not need to be a resident to receive a vaccination in Indiana.

*Individuals aged 12-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. This may reduce the available vaccination sites you may sign up for. You may visit to determine vaccines available by location.

Do I need a booster shot?
The Indiana Department of Health now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

Some immunocompromised people may be eligible for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine because of their medical condition if they received the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine. The third dose should be at least 28 days after the second dose, and the same type of vaccine that was previously given. See eligible medical conditions. People should talk to their doctor if they have questions or visit to to make an appointment. No doctor’s order is necessary.

I live out of state, but attend school in Indiana. Can I get my vaccine here?
Yes, you can receive the vaccine in Indiana. 

When will children under the age of 16 be eligible for the vaccine?
Children ages 12+ are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Can people who have already have COVID-19 get the vaccine? 
Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. You can receive the vaccine any time after you are done with your isolation period and your symptoms have resolved, but since you have antibodies for that 90 day period and re-infection is not likely during that timeframe, you can choose to wait until after 90 days to get immunized.

Do I need insurance to get the vaccine? 
No, you do not need insurance to receive the free vaccine. 

Scheduling Your Vaccination

How do I schedule an appointment to get a vaccine?
Schedule your vaccine appointment at or call 2-1-1 or the Fishers COVID-19 Hotline at 317-595-3211.

Can I support my parents, grandparents, neighbors, or others who need help scheduling online in finding an appointment?
Yes, you can. Each person signing up requires their own, distinct email address, and that is likely true for other scheduling systems as well. So, you may need to provide support in creating an email in addition to helping with scheduling. 

How do I schedule an appointment if I do not have access to the internet?
You can schedule your appointment by calling 2-1-1 (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or the Fishers COVID-19 Hotline at 317-595-3211 (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Walk-in appointments are also available.

How do I cancel or reschedule my vaccine appointment?
Call 2-1-1 or the Fishers COVID Hotline to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

Can I walk into the clinic for my appointment?
Yes. Walk-in's are available. To decrease wait times. please schedule appointments in advance.

The survey asks if I am "homebound". What does homebound mean?
Homebound means that the person taking the survey is unable to leave the house, typically due to illness, injury, or old age.

Where can I get assistance for childcare while I get vaccinated?
Several organizations are offering free childcare for parents who want to get themselves or their older children vaccinated. Through early July, select locations of these organizations are opening their doors.

  • Fishers YMCA: Provides free childcare for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years old during your vaccination. No appointment necessary. They do not feed kids during their stay in Play & Learn and the max stay is 2 hours. If you are getting vaccinated and have an emergency, please contact them, and accommodations for a longer stay will be allowed. No limitation on the number of kids. Guardians can arrange for care to recuperate from side effects but have to fill out the authorized pick-up list.
  • Kindercare: Kindercare offers a free day of childcare based on availability. Families must contact the center to schedule. Most centers take children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.
    • Fishers Landing KinderCare: 11562 Fishers Landing Dr. Fishers IN 46038 | Director: Amber Kinder - (317) 577-3655
    • East Fishers KinderCare: 9153 E 141 St Fishers IN 46038 | Director: Michele Soper - (317) 770-8420
    • Fishers Roberts Drive KinderCare: 8750 Roberts Dr. Fishers IN 46037 | Director: Amber Attinger - (317) 576-9344
  • Learning Care Group: Once you’ve scheduled your vaccine appointment, call 833.459.3557 to arrange for child care on that date.

How can I get assistance to travel to the vaccine site?
Indiana University Health is offering free rides to any COVID-19 vaccine site in the state. Learn more.

Getting the Vaccine

What do I need to bring with me to get vaccinated?
Please make sure to bring your ID (required) and Insurance Card (optional). You DO NOT need insurance to receive the vaccine!

Where do I go for a vaccination?
When you register for your appointment, there will be a list of vaccination clinics. You may choose the Fishers Health Department clinic if you wish to do so. FHD is by appointment only.

How much does it cost to get the vaccine?
The vaccine is free for the public. You DO NOT need insurance to receive the vaccine! Vaccine providers will be able to bill a patient's insurance for a fee to administer the vaccine, but will not charge the patient.

How many shots will I need of the COVID-19 vaccine?
According to CDC, all but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S will need 2 doses (shots) to be effective. The first shot starts building protection. A second shot, a few weeks later, is needed to get the best protection from the vaccine. If the COVID-19 vaccine that you get requires two doses, you will need to get both doses from the same type of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer. J&J vaccine is a one-dose vaccine.

What should I expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
You can find information about what to do after you receive your vaccination here.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, & swelling at injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Find more details here on the post-vaccination expectations. If you have severe side effects (like an increase in redness, pain at injection site after 24 hours, or if side effects don’t go away after a few days), please seek immediate medical care.

Are there any health risks if I've already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? What should I watch out for if I receive the J&J vaccine?
While deemed safe by the FDA and CDC, women under 50 years of age should be aware of a rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Watch for symptoms within 3 weeks after vaccination, including severe/persistent headaches, blurred vision, chest pain, shortness of breath, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, and easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin (not including at injection site). Get immediate medical care if you experience any of these symptoms.

What should I do if I think I'm experiencing an allergic reaction? 
Information about rare allergic reactions to the vaccination can be found on the CDC website. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

How should I report side effects?
After you receive your vaccine, use the V-safe app on your smartphone to report any side effects. V-safe can also send reminders for your second vaccine dose and provides personalized health check-ins. Learn more.

What should I do immediately after vaccination?
Please remember to wait at least 15 minutes in the observation room. Wait time may be longer for some individuals. Remember to schedule your next appointment.

What is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)?
VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. Anyone can submit a report to VAERS, including parents and patients. VAERS accepts all reports, including reports of vaccination errors.

The VAERS toll-free number is 1-800-822-7967 or report online to Please include “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.

Do I still need to quarantine and isolate after receiving the vaccine?
Vaccinated persons with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands even after being fully vaccinated. Learn more.

I am a close contact. Can I get vaccinated?
Yes, but please monitor for symptoms and ensure there are no symptoms before you get vaccinated. Consider getting tested if symptoms develop.

I am currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Can I get the vaccine?
Vaccinations should be deferred until recovery from illness. If symptoms are present, wait till no symptoms. Please consider getting tested. If you test positive for COVID-19 see "I have tested positive for COVID-19, should I get the vaccine?"

I have tested positive for COVID-19. Should I get the vaccine?
Vaccinations should be deferred until recovery from acute illness and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation. Current evidence suggests reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection and thus persons with documented acute infection in the preceding 90 days may defer vaccination until the end of this 90-day period if desired to ensure the limited supply is distributed to community members who are high risk. 

Previously, I received passive antibody therapy for COVID-19. Should I get the vaccine?
Currently no data on the safety or efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination in persons who received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of COVID-19 treatment. Vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days to avoid interference of the treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses.

Why would I want to get a vaccine instead of just getting the natural immunity that comes from getting the disease?
The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is that you get protection from the disease without ever having to risk the serious, and sometimes deadly, consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

What should I do with my vaccination card? 
When you get your first dose, you will get a vaccination card to show you when to return for your second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Remember to bring your card when you return. 

How do I get my vaccination records?
Your vaccine record can be obtained directly by individuals as an official IDOH record by going to Scroll down to "Get your vaccination certificate" and "Click here" then on the tile “Indiana Vaccination Portal.”

What should I mention to my vaccination provider before I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

Where is the vaccination location at the Farmers’ Market?
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at the Fishers Farmers Market every Saturday through September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Stop by the Fishers Health Department tent in front of the garage at the Fishers Testing Site (located to the southeast of the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive).

What vaccines are offered at the Fishers Farmer's Market?
Pfizer is currently offered.

The Second Dose

How do I schedule my second dose?
FHD will schedule the second dose at the end of the first dose appointment. The Indiana Dept of Health provides vaccines to correlate with second dose appointments at the same location.

Do I have to get my second dose at the same location I got my first dose? 
No, you are not required to get your second dose at the same location that you received your first dose. However, it’s encouraged that you receive both doses at the same location so your provider can ensure you’re getting the same vaccine type at the correct time.  Additionally, second doses are automatically accounted for and sent to the location where your first shot occurred, so you are “guaranteed” your second shot at that location. Switching locations may delay the timing of your second shot appointment. If you want to reschedule your vaccine location, please call 2-1-1 or the Fishers COVID Hotline at 317-595-3211.

What if I miss my second shot, or cannot find an appointment for 21 (for Pfizer)or 28 (for Moderna) days after my first shot - is it a problem if I wait?
No. You do not need to get your second dose exactly 21 (for Pfizer) or 28 (for Moderna) days after your first shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised that the second should be taken up to 42 days of the first dose.  However, the CDC has also indicated that you do not need to start the shots over again if you go beyond the 42 day window for the second shot.  It will still be effective.

Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

What is the third dose?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a third dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised at least four weeks after an initial two-dose mRNA series.

Who can get the third dose?
CDC’s recommendation includes people with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advance or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. The full list here.

What about booster doses for the broader population? Are there new data supporting another dose in other groups?
At this time, additional doses are only recommended for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems since they may not have received adequate protection from their original vaccine series.

This recommendation helps to increase the likelihood this population is protected against COVID-19, especially as the more transmissible Delta variant spreads. CDC and FDA continue to review available evidence and data on whether or when booster doses for other populations, including seniors, may be needed. Available data right now show the vaccines continue to be strongly protective against severe illness and death caused by COVID-19.

What is the difference between an “additional dose” and a “booster dose?”
An “additional dose” refers to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receiving an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. This is because they may not have received adequate protection from their initial 2-dose vaccine series. A “booster dose” is a supplemental vaccine dose given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time. The need for and timing of a COVID-19 booster dose has not been established, and no booster doses are recommended at this time. CDC and FDA continue to review evidence and data as it is available about whether or when booster doses for the broader U.S. public may be needed and will update guidance as more information becomes available.

Do I need a doctor's note for my third dose?
Immunocompromised individuals may discuss with their health care provider whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. If their health care provider is not at a site administering vaccines, these individuals can self-attest and receive the additional dose wherever vaccines are offered. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for this vulnerable population receiving a needed additional dose. CDC is providing further information regarding vaccine administration to immunocompromised individuals to states, pharmacies, health centers, and all vaccine providers.

Can you mix and match the mRNA vaccines?
The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). If the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. A person should not receive more than three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Booster Shots

What is a booster dose?
A booster dose is another dose of the vaccine given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity).

On what date will boosters become available?
Booster shots are now available for eligible individuals. 

Who can receive a booster shot?

Booster shots are now available for individuals who received their last dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago and who meet the following criteria:

  • Ages 65+
  • Ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
  • Individuals ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefit and risk
  • Individuals ages 18-64 in an occupational or institutional setting where the burden of COVID infection and transmission are high based on individual benefit and risk
  • Immunocompromised individuals are also encouraged to receive a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 28 days after the completion of their second dose.
  • If you are unsure if you meet the criteria for booster shots, please check with your physician.

Should I get a booster shot if I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
At this time, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots are not available. Details on boosters for these vaccines will be communicated once they are available via email and the Fishers Health Department Facebook and Twitter.  

If we need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?
No. COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Can I host a vaccination clinic for my employees, residents, club members, etc.?
Yes, Fishers businesses, religious organizations, civic groups, and HOA's are invited to host a vaccination clinic for their members, employees, or residents. Please complete interest forms for Businesses and Community Groups & HOA's. You can learn more here.

Vaccine Types

Which vaccine is the Fishers Health Department using at the mass vaccine site?
The FHD vaccination site has FDA-approved vaccines Pfizer and Moderna. Individuals may visit to select their preferred vaccine and appointment. Individuals needing a second dose booster (Pfizer or Moderna) will receive the same vaccine for their second dose. Staff at the vaccine site will assist with scheduling your second appointment and dose. Please ensure you meet the criteria set forth by IDOH

Is there a difference between the vaccinations that I can take?
There are differences between the vaccine types, but all three vaccines currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are highly effective based on trials. If you are 12-17 years old, the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only FDA-authorized vaccine you can receive.

Vaccine Type

Age Requirements
Doses required
Recommended Time Between Doses
Pfizer: mRNA vaccine12+221 days
Moderna: mRNA vaccine18+228 days

What is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine on December 12, 2020 to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Learn more. Find vaccine administration info for heathcare providers.

2 doses, 21 days apart, 0.3 ml IM., Efficacy: 95.0% 

What is the Moderna COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) COVID-19 vaccine?
On December 18, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) for the Moderna COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) vaccine (ModernaTX, Inc: Cambridge, Massachusetts). This vaccine is the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized under EAU for the prevention of COVID-19 in the United States for individuals 18 years of age and older. Learn more. Find healthcare provider vaccine administration info.

2 doses, 28 days apart, (100 micrograms), 0.5 ml each IM., Efficacy: 94.1%.

What is the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccine?
UPDATE: CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lift recommended a pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine use following a thorough safety review. See full statement here

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 2-1-1 or the Fishers COVID Hotline at 317-595-3211.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. Learn more. Find healthcare provider vaccine administration info.

Single-dose, 0.5ml IM.

  • 72% effective at preventing mild/moderate illness 
  • 86% effective at preventing severe illness
  • 100% effective at preventing hospitalization and death

There is the remote risk of blood clots that involve blood vessels in the brain, abdomen, and legs, along with low levels of platelets; to note that most people who developed these blood clots and low levels of platelets were females ages 18 through 49 years; to note that for people who have developed blood clots and low levels of platelets following vaccination, symptoms began approximately one to two weeks following vaccination; and to inform vaccine recipients that they should seek medical attention right away if they have any of the following symptoms after receiving Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine: shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision, or easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection.

Here is the summary on J&J Vaccine resume use. What you need to know (English); Lo que usted debe saber (Espanol).

Do I get to choose which vaccine brand I want to receive?  
In general, given scarce supply, only one vaccine may be available through your provider. You can talk with your medical provider if you have specific questions or concerns that may lead you to want to seek out one specific COVID-19 vaccine versus another. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Can I choose the vaccine that says it’s the most effective?
All three vaccines are safe and highly effective against illness and death from COVID-19. Getting the vaccine as soon as you’re eligible, regardless of the brand, will protect you from severe illness, hospitalization and the risk of death from COVID-19.  The bottom line is the best shot you can get is the one that’s available.

Which vaccines are available to children under 18 years old?
Pfizer’s vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for ages 16 and up. When booking a vaccine appointment for a 12-17-year-old, be sure to confirm with the vaccine provider that Pfizer will be available.

Vaccine Safety

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. Covid-19 vaccines made using mRNA can not give you COVID. mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. That means that the vaccines cannot cause you to get COVID. You may have symptoms like fever or headache after you get a vaccine. This is normal and means your body is learning how to fight off the virus.

Does mRNA stay in my body after I get the vaccine?
No. Our cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions on how to make the protein that triggers our body's immune response. It is as if you get an email with instructions that disappears after you have copied and used the information.

Can I still get COVID-19 after I’m vaccinated? 
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. However, if you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Those who receive the vaccine may experience mild symptoms of COVID-19 and soreness at the site of injection. Information about rare allergic reactions to the vaccination can be found on the CDC website.

Is it safe to get vaccinated if I have an underlying health condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity.  People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. It is recommended that people with these conditions get vaccinated. Individuals who have had prior allergic reactions to injectable medicines should consult with their medical providers before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.  

I’ve had allergic reactions to other shots, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
You should talk with your provider about what allergies may make it risky for you to get the COVID-19 vaccination, but, it has proven safe in the vast majority of instances.  

Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant or nursing?

Can people who have already have COVID-19 get the vaccine?
Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last. 

Are the vaccines safe for children?
The Pfizer vaccine was proven safe and effective in participants 12 years of age and older during clinical studies. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine approved by the FDA for use in individuals under 18 years of age. See the Youth Pfizer Fact Sheet for more info.

Are kids at higher risk of side effects from the vaccine?
The FDA determined that the Pfizer vaccine has a similar safety and effectiveness profile in 12 to 17-year-old individuals as other adults in clinical trials.

Does this vaccine cause infertility or miscarriage?
There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to infertility or miscarriage. In addition, the natural post-infection immune response to COVID-19, which the vaccine mimics, has not resulted in an increase in miscarriages or infertility.

I have a food allergy, can I get the vaccine?
Yes. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination and allergies can be found on the CDC's website.. 

I have seasonal allergies, can I get the vaccine?
Yes. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination and allergies can be found on the CDC's website.

General Vaccine FAQs

Once I’m vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing?
No. Not everyone you come into contact with will have received the vaccine, and you may still be able to spread COVID-19. It is critical to follow basic public health best practices for the foreseeable future. 

Where can I get my COVID-19 vaccine record?

Covid and other immunization records can be accessed via the AccessIndiana website

How do I obtain my record from AccessIndiana?

Click here for a step-by-step guide.

Where can I learn more?