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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, find testing resources, and pledge to do your part. 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

COVID-19 is still spreading in our city. We are experiencing a record number of cases, and, unfortunately, deaths. Until most of us can be vaccinated, wearing a mask and keeping our distance and limiting where we go is still essential to protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities. Even as we celebrate the development of safe and effective vaccines, these safety measures—including staying home when you may be sick—remain crucial parts of our effort to eliminate this pandemic.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will allow us to worship together, reopen schools, and return to work in person. Choosing to be vaccinated helps you and your loved ones stay safe. It helps our community’s most vulnerable members to be protected against this pandemic and the social isolation that comes along with it.
Vaccine Information & Appointments

Vaccine FAQ

When will it be my turn to receive the vaccine? maroon arrow pointing right

Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is currently limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. Please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/vaccine for more information on the tier groups for Jefferson County.

 

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.

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

  • You are currently COVID-19 Positive
  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have received another vaccine: Please wait 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first,. And if you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Yes. We need to use every tool we have to ensure that we and the people we love stay safe. We’re working to ensure all of our residents can be vaccinated as quickly as possible, but until we’re there we still need to help keep each other safe by maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance and wearing masks around others.

Will vaccines be mandatory? maroon arrow pointing right

No.The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for individuals.

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 not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. 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, 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.

Doctors, nurses and health care workers are putting their lives at risk to care for people who need it. They need our help. Contact tracing stops more people from getting sick, so hospitals don’t get crowded, doctors and nurses can stay safe, and every patient gets the attention they need.

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.

Testing Resources

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