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COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

09/14/2021

Can People Who are Immunocompromised Receive a Third Dose of COVID19 Vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID19 vaccine series. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

What should I do if I’m immunocompromised?

If you are immunocompromised and are interested in receiving a third dose of COVID19 vaccine, contact your primary care provider to discuss your vaccination options.

Which vaccine can I get from Sauk Prairie Healthcare?

We are currently offering the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine. 

Are COVID19 Vaccine Booster Doses Available for the General Public? 

Sauk Prairie Healthcare is not yet taking appointments for booster doses for the general public because we are waiting for CDC guidance regarding boosters. We will update this page when more guidance is available.

What Do I Do if I’ve Lost My COVID19 Vaccination Card?

If you were vaccinated in Wisconsin, you’ll need to use the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) to get proof of your vaccination. Your WIR record can be used in place of your vaccination card.

  • If you have a social security number, Medicaid ID, or Health Care Member ID, you can access your record through the Public Immunization Record Access webpage at www.dhfswir.org.
  • If you DO NOT have a social security number, Medicaid ID, or Health Care Member ID, you can access your record one of two ways:
    Option 1:  Fill out the Wisconsin Immunization Registry Record Release Authorization, F-02487 and have your records sent to you. For this form, go to www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/f02487.pdf 
    Option 2:  Ask the organization that vaccinated you to assign you a chart number in WIR. The chart number field is linked to the Health Care Member ID. Then, visit the Public Immunization Record Access webpage and enter the chart number assigned to you in the Health Care Member ID field.

If you were vaccinated in another state, go to that state department of health website to determine how to get a copy of your record.

What Do Parents Need to Know When Scheduling Their Minor Child (age 12-17) for Pfizer Vaccine?

Due to minor status of those ages 12-17, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND, and in some cases require, that a parent/guardian accompany the minor to the vaccination. If you are unable to accompany your minor to this appointment, please contact your clinic to discuss options. To review Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization, go to: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

Will I be billed for the COVID-19 vaccination?  

You will not be charged an out-of-pocket cost. Sauk Prairie Healthcare will charge a vaccine administration fee to your health insurance plan, Medicare, Medicaid, or employer (if arrangements have been made for your employer to cover the cost). You will be asked to provide health insurance information when you are called to schedule your appointment. You will not receive a bill, even if you do not have insurance. 

Where else can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?  

Various public health departments, healthcare providers, and pharmacies are providing vaccinations. Your county’s public health website will have a list of other vaccination locations.