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The Fight Isn’t Over

It’s been a difficult time, unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. We’ve been challenged, faced losses, and made sacrifices and changes to our lives we never expected. It’s not over yet, but together we can make it through. Now more than ever we need to support each other, so we are calling on our community to stay strong, for yourself, for others, for the entire city.

Stay Strong Louisville is a hub for COVID-19 resources and information. A place to find and share support, learn about prevention, and find vaccine resources. We are grateful for everything our community has done. Now it’s time to stay strong. The fight isn’t over.

COVID-19 Helpline (502-912-8598)

The Vaccine

We are almost there. However, even as we get closer and closer to leaving the pandemic behind us, life is only “back to normal” if you’re fully vaccinated. Without it, you have a greater risk of getting COVID-19, and should still wear a mask, practice social distancing, limit where you go and get tested weekly.

Several of the Covid variants are in Louisville.  They are much more contagious and are making people, especially younger people, sicker. If you are unvaccinated, you are at the greatest risk of exposure and sickness from these variants.

The vaccines are built on 20 years of research and science. They are 100% effective against severe infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. The vaccine offers a shield of protection that will allow you to safely get back to the things you love: seeing friends and family,  in-person worshipping, attending fun events like sports and concerts and traveling. Vaccines are free and readily available, so please Louisville, get vaccinated.

Vaccine Information & Appointments

Vaccine FAQ

Are Covid-19 vaccines safe and effective? maroon arrow pointing right

Yes. Three vaccines have been approved by the FDA after extensive clinical trials involving many thousands of participants, including from racial and ethnic minorities. All three federally approved vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19. The trials and approval process was designed carefully and with very strict standards to keep us all safe.

Should I expect side effects from vaccine shots? maroon arrow pointing right

Some patients experience mild soreness at the injection site. There have also been reports of fevers and achiness after being vaccinated. Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare.

​If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

How many doses of the vaccine are required? maroon arrow pointing right

Currently, two of the authorized vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States require 2 shots to get the most protection.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
  • Moderna doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
  • A third approved vaccine, the Janssen vaccine, requires only one dose.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive? maroon arrow pointing right

All three vaccines are available in Jefferson County. If you prefer one over the other, the best way to find an available location is to CLICK HERE, select the vaccine you prefer and enter your zip code. Please know that the supply of the Janssen vaccine is still very limited.

You cannot get the vaccine if... maroon arrow pointing right

  • If you have a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions, talk with your healthcare provider to determine if vaccination is safe for you.
  • You should not receive the covid vaccine if:
    • You are currently ill, including respiratory symptoms or have a fever greater than 100.5°F
    • Received another vaccine (any, including flu) within the previous 14 days
    • Recently diagnosed with COVID-19 infection:
      • If you were discharged from the hospital less than 30 days from your scheduled vaccine appointment
      • If you tested positive for covid 19 or had symptoms of covid 19 less than 14 days ago
    • If you received your first Moderna dose less than 24 days ago I
    • If you received your first Pfizer dose less than 17 days ago
    • If you have received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine

Is it safe to get vaccinated if pregnant or breastfeeding? maroon arrow pointing right

Yes, but if you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision.

I have already had COVID-19. Can I still be vaccinated? maroon arrow pointing right

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. And while having COVID-19 may have given you some immunity, it’s not the same amount of protection, especially against the variants, that the vaccines can provide you. Click here to see a comparison of immunity.

Can my child get vaccinated? maroon arrow pointing right

Currently youth ages 12 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine with a parent’s permission. Find a location here.

How much does it cost? What if my insurance doesn’t cover it? maroon arrow pointing right

COIVD-19 vaccines are free – the US Federal Government is purchasing vaccines on behalf of the American people. If you have insurance, it will cover any costs the providers charge for administering the vaccine; if you don’t, the government will pay these.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance after receiving the vaccine? maroon arrow pointing right

If you are not fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means it’s been two weeks since you received your second dose of the vaccine), you need to still wear a mask when you are around groups of people and you don’t know whether or not they are all vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, you should also still get tested for COVID weekly, practice social distancing when possible, and wash your hands often. Here is a list of testing locations.  

Click HERE to learn more about what you can do if you’re fully vaccinated.

Will vaccines be mandatory? maroon arrow pointing right

No.The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for individuals. However, employers may mandate that employees be vaccinated but also allow for an employee to be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Prevention Steps if Unvaccinated

WEAR A MASK

We know masks aren’t always comfortable, but we also know that if we want to reopen our schools and businesses safely, wearing masks will help stop the spread. Consistent mask use protects those around us—from our friends, family, and loved ones, to the people ringing up our groceries and other frontline workers. We are up to this challenge. We are in this together.

Wash your hands before putting on your mask, put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.

WASH YOUR HANDS

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

AVOID LARGE GROUPS

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and others from outside your household so that you can prevent the virus from spreading. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from others if you don’t know whether or not they are vaccinated. When possible, limit how often and how long you spend indoors with people who are not in your household and avoid large groups and crowded places.

GET TESTED

Testing for COVID is a vital part of stopping the spread and continuing to ensure that both you, and your surrounding community are safe. There are many testing locations throughout the city. Additionally, we are able to provide assistance for those affected by COVID-19.

We encourage you to get tested if you feel sick, or, if you are unvaccinated, after you have recently traveled or been around large groups, or if you think you may have been exposed. It is possible to have COVID-19 without showing symptoms. To schedule a test, contact your healthcare provider or visit our resources below.

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Contact Tracing

If you test positive, there is a short window of time to pinpoint who else might have the virus before they could lose their health and their job. If you identify who you were in contact with, you can stop the virus in its tracks and help protect your family, friends and loved ones.

Please answer the call from our contact tracers and care advocates. LOU HEALTH will show up on your caller ID. You don’t have to wait for us to call. If you have recently tested positive or are waiting for test results, were in close contact with someone who tested positive and you aren’t sure what to do, or for any concerns about your ability to isolate, call the LOU HEALTH COVID-19 Helpline: 502-912-8598. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Language translation services are available.

Need help scheduling an appointment?
CALL THE LOU HEALTH HELPLINE 502-912-8598 TO:

• Get help finding a place to get vaccinated

• Get help scheduling a vaccination appointment

• Get a free ride to a vaccination appointment

• Learn about free drop-in childcare so you can get vaccinated

• Get a copy of your vaccine record

• Schedule a virtual or in person Q&A session about the vaccines with a medical provider

• To request a mobile vaccination mission at your workplace, church, community site