COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available

Progressive Community Health Centers is currently vaccinating anyone age 18 and older. Call (414) 935-8000 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Who is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination?
In Wisconsin, vaccines are currently available for people 16 years and older. Everyone should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated.

What vaccine(s) are you offering?
We are currently offering the Moderna vaccine, which is authorized for populations age 18 and older. Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for 16 and 17 year olds. All three vaccines currently available in the United States have been proven highly effective and safe. People are encouraged to get vaccinated with whatever option becomes available to them first. Those seeking Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines should consider alternative options by calling 211 or the City of Milwaukee Health Department at (414) 286-6800.

How many shots do I need?
The number of doses you require depends on the vaccine type. The Moderna vaccines requires two doses. The second dose must be taken four weeks after the first and must be from the same brand. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after 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?
We recommend 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 the vaccine.

Who should NOT get vaccinated?

  • People with a severe allergy to a vaccine ingredient or to any vaccine.
  • People younger than 16 years old.
  • People who have COVID-19 symptoms or are isolated because of an exposure RIGHT NOW. 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 about three months. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance if I have been vaccinated?
Yes, we must continue to use all the tools in our toolbox to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. The vaccine is just one tool. A mask mandate is still in effect for the City of Milwaukee, regardless of vaccination status. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and continue to social distance as much as possible.

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.