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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

In the coming days, Kettering Health Network will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our employees and providers. Below are answers to some common questions. 

When will the vaccine be available? 

Based on the most recent Ohio Department of Health communications, we expect to receive over 5,000 doses of vaccine sometime this week. As of now, we plan to begin initial vaccinations in the later part of this week, with more full-scale immunization clinics occurring at six sites starting the week of December 28.  

Is the vaccine required? 

While we encourage everyone to receive this vaccine, it is not required at this point. 

How do I know if I’m in a priority group? 

This survey will help us develop a prioritization order for our employees and providers. We ask that this be completed by noon on Monday, December 21. All information is helpful, so please complete the survey even if you would not like to receive the vaccine at this time. We will send this survey again in the near future. 

How do I know when I’ll receive the vaccine? 

Vaccination will be by appointment only. Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine at this time will receive another email with a link to schedule the first dose of vaccine. Vaccinations will be given out based on the prioritization grid the Ohio Department of Health developed.  

What should I do if I already filled out the survey, but need to change one of my answers? 

A second survey will be sent at a later date in case people need to update their information. If you would like to change one of your responses, we encourage you to resubmit the survey at that time. Please monitor your Kettering Health Network email for future updates.  

Do I need to continue safety precautions after I get the vaccine? 

Yes, it is imperative that we all continue to follow personal protective equipment policies and public health measures. Kettering Health Network expects to receive the Moderna vaccine, which requires a booster dose 4 weeks after the first shot. Immunity is achieved approximately 2 weeks after receiving the second dose. 

For further details about the vaccine, including details about its safety and possible side effects, please refer to the FAQ document. Thank you for your patience as we strive to make this an efficient and easy process.  

December 21, 2020