COVID-19 Vaccinations & Testing

Our COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open at the Lisbon Avenue Health Center (3522 W. Lisbon Avenue) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am until 4pm. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Call (414) 935-8000 for more information.

Who is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination?
Vaccines are currently available for people age 12 and older. Everyone who is eligible should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated.

What vaccine(s) is Progressive Community Health Centers offering?

  • The Moderna vaccine is available to anyone age 18 and older on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone age 12 and older on Fridays

How many shots do I need?
Both Moderna and Pfizer require two doses to be considered fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your second shot. If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second shot, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final shot).

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No, you cannot. The available vaccines do NOT contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines use either messenger RNA (mRNA) or a safe version of a different virus (a vector) to deliver important instructions on how to fight the virus. Cells within our bodies use these instructions to create a specific protein needed to build immunity.

Are there side effects from the vaccine?
About 20% of people do experience mild side effects, such as tiredness, sore arm, fever and nausea, for one to two days. This is completely normal and means that both your immune system and the vaccine are doing their job. All results from vaccine trials show a quick recovery from symptoms and no serious side effects. If your symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider.

I’ve already had COVID-19, do I need to get the vaccine?
It is recommended that all individuals be vaccinated, even if you have already been diagnosed with COVID-19. There is no way to know whether or not you have enough immunity from your past exposure, and it is best to protect yourself with the vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant?
People who are pregnant are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines under current state guidelines. Please talk to your doctor or midwife about getting the vaccine.

Who should NOT get vaccinated?

  • People with a severe allergy to a vaccine ingredient or to any vaccine.
  • People younger than 12 years old.
  • People who currently have COVID-19 symptoms or are isolated because of an exposure. You can get vaccinated after you have recovered or are out of isolation.

How long does immunity from COVID-19 vaccination last?
But based on clinical trials, experts know that vaccine-related immunity lasts a minimum of six months, likely longer. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Do I need a COVID-19 booster shot?
Booster shots have not yet been approved for widespread use. If the FDA authorizes a booster, people who were first to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when they became available in early 2021 (e.g., those who are most at risk) are likely to be the first people eligible for a booster. This includes healthcare providers, residents of long-term care facilities, and other older adults.

Can people who are fully vaccinated still get COVID-19?
Vaccination does not prevent 100% of infections from COVID-19. Breakthrough infections happen in a small amount of people who are fully vaccinated. However, vaccination does strongly lessen chances of hospitalization and death. Additionally, fully vaccinated people who do become infected with COVID-19 can still spread the virus to others even if they do not have symptoms.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance if I have been vaccinated?
To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, CDC guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Private businesses are allowed to implement their own mask requirements. Progressive Community Health Centers continues to require mask wearing at all of its facilities in accordance with recommended CDC guidelines in healthcare environments.

How much does the vaccine cost?
There is no cost to individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but we will collect insurance information during the registration process so administration fees can be traced properly. If you are uninsured, there is still no cost for vaccination.

Do you offer COVID-19 testing?
Yes, COVID-19 testing is available at Progressive Community Health Centers by appointment. Contact our COVID Resource Line at (414) 935-8000 to schedule your drive-up COVID-19 test. Results are typically returned within 24-48 hours. We do not offer rapid testing.