COVID-19 Resource

Prepare for your appointment.

If you’ve already scheduled, be sure to review our appointment policies and tips, so you know what to expect when you arrive.

On the day of your vaccine appointment

Wear a face mask and short sleeves

We will provide you a sterile surgical mask to change into when you arrive. Your face mask should cover your nose, mouth and chin at all times. Short sleeves or a loose-fitting top will make it easier to expose your upper arm.

Bring ID & vaccination record card

You must bring ID that includes your name and age. We will accept IDs that are expired or from another state or country. If your are receiving your second dose, also bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card.

Arrive on time

Please do not arrive late or more than 10 minutes early to avoid disrupting other scheduled appointments. The entire appointment should last 30–45 minutes.

 

Maintain a safe social distance

For the duration of your appointment, we ask that you keep at least 6 feet between you, other patients and our associates.

 

What to expect for your first dose (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson)

Step 1: Check in for your appointment when you arrive. One of our associates will ask you a series of questions and provide you a vaccination record card. Your card will include your name, date of birth, the date, location and type of vaccine you will be getting (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson).

Step 2: You will be asked to wait until it’s your turn. When one of our clinical associates is ready to administer your shot, your number will be called.

Step 3: When your number is called, you will give the clinical associate your vaccination record card. They will ask you a few questions. Based on your responses, you will be asked to wait 15 or 30 minutes for observation after your shot. Administering your shot will only take a few moments, and you may choose which arm to use.

Step 4: Waiting for observation is an incredibly important part of the process. We want to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions that would make it unsafe for you to drive.

Step 5: If you received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, you’re done! It may take a few weeks to achieve maximum immunity. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, we’ll schedule your second-dose appointment before you leave. Depending on which type of vaccine you receive, this will be 21–28 days after your first dose. It’s unknown how much protection a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides, so it’s critical that you keep your second-dose appointment as close to the recommended interval as possible. Your second dose will strengthen your immune response to COVID-19, and is necessary to achieve maximum immunity.

If you need to reschedule your second-dose appointment due to necessary travel or a medical procedure, call the  COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 740-….weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your appointment can’t be rescheduled through (WEBSITE)

 

What to expect for your second dose (Pfizer and Moderna only)

Check in for your appointment when you arrive. One of our associates will ask you for your vaccination record card or a photo of it. If you lost your card or don’t have a photo, we can look up your record in the system. After you check in, your second-dose appointment will follow the same steps as your first-dose appointment.

You may experience more side effects after your second dose than you did with your first dose, but not everyone does. Mild side effects are common signs that your immune system is strengthing its response to the virus. They usually go away within a day or two. Drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s rest and eating a balanced meal before your appointment may help lessen possible side effects.

It takes up to two weeks after your second dose to achieve maximum immunity. Getting vaccinated will prevent a severe infection, but it does not provide 100% immunity. You can help protect those waiting for their turn to be vaccinated by continuing to cover your mouth and nose with a mask, washing your hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

 

Who can come with you to your appointments

You may bring one caretaker with you if you need assistance. Your caretaker must also wear a face mask and practice safe social distancing at all times.

 

Reschedule if you don’t feel well

Monitor how you’re feeling leading up to the day of your appointment. Please reschedule your appointment if you:

  • Are feeling sick the day of your vaccination.
  • Have COVID-19 or were exposed to COVID-19 and are in quarantine.
  • Traveled out of state in the two weeks before your appointment.
  • Received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • Received another vaccine in the past two weeks.

Potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine

Mild side effects from vaccines are common. It’s a sign that your immune system is strengthening its response to the virus. We will observe you for 15–30 minutes after your first and second doses, but it’s important that you continue watching for side effects after you leave.

You may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Mild body aches or joint pain
  • Body chills
  • A low-grade fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Slight muscle pain, redness or swelling in the arm where the vaccine was given
  • Swollen lymph nodes*

Side effects appear to be more common after the second dose of the vaccine, but usually subside within a day or two. Drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s rest and eating a balanced meal before your appointment may help lessen possible side effects. Exercising the arm where you received your vaccine can also help relieve discomfort.

Call your primary care provider or seek urgent care if you have side effects. Your provider may also recommend taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your symptoms become severe, go to the emergency department or call 911.

*Swollen lymph nodes under the arm are a known side effect of COVID-19 vaccination that can be misidentified as breast cancer during screening exams. Consider scheduling your mammogram before your first dose of the vaccine or six weeks after your final dose. Breast screening is one of the best ways to detect cancer early, so don’t delay an exam if a new breast lump or symptoms appear, such as nipple discharge, skin changes or palpable adenopathy (abnormally large lymph nodes).

Get set up with v-safe

You should receive information about v-safe during your appointment. V-safe is a free app that allows you to notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you have side effects. It can also send you second-dose reminders!

Answers to top questions about the vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We believe the COVID-19 vaccine represents our greatest opportunity to end the coronavirus pandemic. Our physicians strongly recommend that all who are eligible for the vaccine get it, unless advised not to by their provider. We hope these answers to frequently asked questions will help you make an informed decision.

Eligibility timeline

Portsmouth City Health is following the state of Ohio’s timeline for vaccine distribution. Appointments are available to the public based on age and other criteria. The eligibility timeline is subject to change. Visit the Ohio Department of Health website for details about Ohio’s phased approach.

Portsmouth City Health is currently vaccinating:

  • People 50 and older.
  • Ohioans who were born with a qualifying medical condition that places them at higher risk for adverse outcomes from COVID-19, or those who have qualifying childhood conditions they have carried into adulthood. Qualifying medical conditions include bone marrow transplant recipients, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, ALS, and end-stage renal disease. You will be asked to confirm that you have one of the qualifying medical conditions.
  • Ohioans who work in certain occupations, including child care services, funeral services, law enforcement and correction services.
  • Pregnant people.

Vaccine recipients must be age 16 or older to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 or older to be eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

COVID-19 vaccine appointments remain limited

Portsmouth City Health matches the number of appointments we schedule to the number of doses we expect to receive in each shipment. At this time, we do not have a waitlist.

You can call the OhioHealth COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (614) 533.6999 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for updates. You can also check (LINK) for open appointments if you’ve received a notification to schedule.Portsmout City Health physician offices cannot schedule your vaccine, so please do not call or message your providers with appointment requests. 

If you have the opportunity to get the vaccine at another location in your community, we encourage you to take advantage of itYou can view a list of locations and book appointments through the Ohio Department of Health at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. If you schedule an appointment at OhioHealth but choose to get your vaccine at another location, please cancel your OhioHealth appointment so we can offer it to others.  

Scheduling with loved ones

Couple or group scheduling is not available for first or second doses. Appointments are scheduled individually. If you would like to receive your vaccine with a loved one, you must wait until each of you is eligible and consecutive appointments are available.