VAX FACTS

Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine through Renown are now available. Anyone 18 years or older may schedule through MyChart. For minors ages 16 and 17, please fill out this form. For assistance, please call 775-982-2781. Please be patient as call volumes may be high.

THE VAX FACTS

There is a lot of information out there about COVID-19 vaccines, and some of it may be confusing. To help clear things up, we’re presenting a few, simple vaccination facts.
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“EFFECTIVE” MEANS EFFECTIVE!

Vaccines with high “efficacy rates” better protect people from becoming seriously ill with the virus.

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All three vaccines that are currently being distributed in the U.S. are considered highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about vaccine effectiveness here.

THE VACCINE CAN’T GIVE YOU COVID-19.
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Authorized vaccines do not contain the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.

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The three vaccines currently in use are designed to help your body recognize and fight off COVID-19, without the use of a live virus. Learn more about the advanced technology behind the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines here.

TO BE “FULLY VACCINATED” TAKES 2 WEEKS.

The CDC considers people fully vaccinated
two weeks after the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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You should continue to take precautions after you have received your vaccine, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. Learn more about guidelines for those fully vaccinated here.

HERD IMMUNITY STARTS WITH ALL OF US.

Experts estimate that 80 to 85% of us need to be
vaccinated to in order to achieve herd immunity.

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There are now three different vaccines that are recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Learn more about these vaccines here.

THE VACCINE WON’T ALTER YOUR DNA.

Approved COVID-19 vaccines help your body fight the virus — but will not affect your DNA.

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Vaccines teach the body’s immune system how to identify and fight off infections caused by viruses. Learn more about how vaccines work here.

SIDE EFFECTS, IF ANY, ARE TYPICALLY MILD.

Injection site soreness and mild flu-like symptoms may occur after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Side effects are normal after a vaccine, and are an indication that the body is building protection. Learn more about what to expect after your vaccination here.

Make An Appointment

Renown’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is operating by appointment only, and is based on Renown’s supply of vaccine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Community Vaccine Information

General COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

Q: Can I still proceed with my scheduled preventive screenings if my COVID-19 vaccine appointment is scheduled?

A: If possible, and when it does not unduly delay care, consider scheduling screening exams prior to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

For mammograms, please schedule this screening 4-6 weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Q: May I select the vaccine I would like?

A: No. The state is provided vaccine as it is available, which it makes available, in limited supply to Renown. We are not able to request a specific pharmaceutical brand vaccine to distribute.

Q: Will the COVID-19 vaccine impact my fertility? Or make me infertile?

A: If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems. CDC does not recommend routine pregnancy testing before COVID-19 vaccination. If you are trying to become pregnant, you do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will report findings as they become available.

Q: Will the MRNA vaccines clog my kidneys?

A: There is no evidence to suggest the COVID-19 vaccine will directly affect your kidneys. The COVID-19 vaccine trains your immune system to fight against any future COVID-19 infection.

Most doctors agree that the benefits of the vaccine for people with chronic kidney disease at any stage, those on dialysis, and kidney transplant recipients are much greater than the risk of serious disease or complications from COVID-19. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: Where can I find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines?

 
A: The CDC is providing updates to COVID-19 vaccine development, safety and other common questions on its website.
 
Q: What vaccine is Renown distributing?
A: Pfizer’s, Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA. Moderna’s and Pfizer’s are currently being distributed by Renown. Learn about the different vaccines here.

Q: Are there circumstances where I should not receive the vaccine?

A: You are advised not to receive the vaccine if:
  • You are ill at the time of vaccination (fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea or acute illness).
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
  • You have received any other vaccination in the last 14 days.
  • You have a history of significant allergic reaction to this vaccine or any of its ingredients.
Q: If I misplace my CDC vaccination card after receiving my vaccine, how can I provide proof of vaccination?
A: If you lose your vaccination card after receiving your first dose, the good news is that you won’t be turned away from your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you lose your card at any time, the information on the vaccine card is also entered into your medical record and into Nevada’s immunizations information system (WebIZ).

Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Q: I am in one of the groups that the state has identified should be vaccinated. When can I receive the vaccine?

A: Renown works with county and state health officials to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. View our current eiligibility here.

Q: How do I know if the COVID-19 vaccine safe for my personal health history?

A: We encourage you to speak with your provider about your health history or other health concerns you are currently being treated for. The CDC has additional guidance on those with underlying conditions and those who are pregnant.

Vaccine Appointment Information

Q: How do I schedule a vaccine appointment?

A: You can find more information on the Vaccine Appointment page.

Q: Can I schedule without a MyChart account?

A: Yes. A MyChart account is preferred to assure notification, consent, scheduling, reminders and documentation for vaccine distribution. If you do not have a computer or cell phone, and need special assistance, we are pleased to provide support at 775-982-2781 to assist you in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine. Because Renown’s appointments are based on vaccine availability, our Call Center will only be able to schedule if appointment times are currently available. If you need assistance with MyChart, please call 775-982-2781 for assistance (24/7). Thank you for your patience as call volumes are very high during this time.

Q: What if I do not see time slots for vaccine appointments in MyChart?

A: If you are not able to view appointments slots, it is because we are waiting for additional doses of the vaccine. Please check back later for open appointments as we update them regularly.

Q: How does the drive-thru vaccination process at Renown Health work?

A: Please visit our page on Renown’s Drive Thru vaccination clinic.

Q: Where do I find the consent form in MyChart?

A: Find this form in the messages section of your MyChart:

  • On Mobile: When you log into MyChart, click on the icon for Messages. You should see a message that says “COVID vaccine consent form” at the top of the document. Please print out, complete and sign this document.
  • On Desktop: When you log into MyChart, click on Messaging icon at the top and then click on Message Center. You should see a message that says “COVID vaccine consent form” at the top of the document. Please print out, complete and sign this document.

If you cannot print your form, one will be provided to you at the drive-thru.

Q: I don’t have a MyChart account, how do I get one?
 
You can sign up for a MyChart account at renown.org/mychart.
 
If you need assistance, please call 775-982-2781 (24/7). We appreciate your patience as call volumes may be high.
 
Q: My loved one is eligible, but they don’t have access to a computer. How can they schedule a vaccine appointment?
 
A MyChart account is preferred to assure notification, consent, scheduling, reminders and documentation for vaccine distribution. If your loved one does not have a computer or cell phone, and needs assistance, they can call 775-982-2781 to schedule an appointment. Thank you for your patience as call volumes may be high.
 
You can also check with the Washoe County Health District for updates on other options to receive the vaccine in our community. 

Insurance Information

Q: Why do I need to provide my insurance information to receive this vaccine?

A: The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at no charge to recipients; however, vaccine administration charges will be billed to your health insurer if you have one. We anticipate that this fee will be completely covered by your health insurer, and that there will be no charge to you. Renown will not billed you for any unpaid charges related to the vaccine. If you do not have health insurance, CARES Act funding will cover this fee.

Science behind the COVID-19 Vaccine

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine a “live” virus vaccine?

A: The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that have received EUA from the FDA do not contain a live virus. Learn more about their mRNA vaccine technology here.

The FDA also granted EUA to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, learn more about that technology here.

Q: Are there risks to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Learn about the risks here on the CDC website.

Q: Are there side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: As with all vaccinations, there is potential for injection site reactions (redness, swelling and pain) as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and/or joint pain.

Q: How soon do antibodies form after getting the vaccine (i.e., how soon after getting vaccine am I protected)?

A: It usually takes about one to two weeks for immunity to develop following vaccination, but the specific timeline for any COVID-19 vaccine will depend to some extent on which type of vaccine it is.

Q: Can I get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day?

A: It is not currently recommended to get the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day. Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines did not include testing safety of getting the flu vaccine on the same day so it is best to talk to your health care provider about how far apart they should be spaced.

Medical Staff & Renown Employee Vaccine Information

Scheduling Vaccine Appointments for Employees & Medical Staff

Q. How do I schedule my vacccine appointment?

A. Renown provides dedicated opportunities for employees, medical staff, medical students, nursing students, travelers and volunteers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please watch your email and stay tuned to Inside Renown for updates on how to schedule this appointment through MyChart. Thank you for your patience as Renown works to administer the vaccine to every employee who wishes to receive it.

The COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses. Please login to MyChart 3-5 business days after your appointment to schedule the second dose of this vaccine.​

Vaccine Appointment Information for Employees & Medical Staff

Q: How long will the vaccine appointment take?

A: Plan for a 1 hour vaccination appointment, which will include a 15-minute observation period after receipt of the vaccine. 

Q: Where is the vaccine given?

A: Follow the directions provided in the vaccine appointment confirmation.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to my vaccine appointments?

A: Please bring the following to your prescheduled appointment: 

  • Printed and signed medical consent form from your MyChart account
  • Your Renown employee ID
  • Your photo government ID
  • Your insurance card
  • For your second dose vaccine appointment, bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card provided to you when you received your first dose of the vaccine.

You will need to wear a mask. Be sure your shirt provides easy access to your arm.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions for employees & medical staff

Q: Is the vaccine mandatory for Renown employees?

A: No. However, it is strongly advised.

Q: As an employee or staff member will I have to pay for the vaccine?

A: No, Renown is covering all costs of the vaccine for our healthcare workers (paid and unpaid). It will be offered free of charge to you.

Q: If I get the vaccine do I still need to wear a mask/and practice social distancing?

A: Yes. Vaccines may boost your immune system so it is ready to fight the virus if you are exposed, but it is not yet fully understood whether vaccinated people might still be able to transmit the virus. Initially, we will not have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine, and the virus will still be transmitted. Therefore, you will still need to wear a mask and follow other precautions such as practicing social distancing and frequently washing your hands to help reduce your chance of being exposed to and spreading the virus. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19 and help stop the pandemic.

Q: If I get the vaccine do I still need to follow all of the Renown COVID-19 policies?

A: Yes, your choice to get the vaccine is a personal one and does not impact how you are expected to behave with regard to our COVID-19 policies. 

Q: If I get the vaccine will I be assigned to COVID-19 patients?

A: Receiving the vaccine will have no impact on your work assignments.

Vaccine Videos

MyChart and Vaccine Appointments

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Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from Renown Health through our video series. 

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Vaccine Distribution

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Cost of the Vaccine

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