As part of the State of Indiana's vaccination program for COVID-19, King's Daughters' Health is offering the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses, given four (4) weeks apart (minimum of 28 days). Appointments may be scheduled using the state's web-based portal or by calling 211 for assistance.
Finding the KDH site on the portal: When registering online, after entering zip code 47250, select the KDH location as your option for the vaccine. You can then select the next available appointment on the portal. Vaccine eligibility information is available on the portal.
Register for a KDH COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
Note: All vaccine appointments must be made through the portal. Please do not contact your primary care provider or physician's office about scheduling a vaccine appointment. Complete as much of the portal registration as possible in advance of your arrival. This will help you proceed through the process as quickly as possible.
Appointment hours are currently between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Where to arrive at KDH:
Enter the Medical Office Entrance (far left entrance when arriving/parking at the main campus). Proceed immediately past the registration bays to your right and follow the small corridor toward the open door. Signage will be posted. Proceed through the open door. Members of our registration team will be there to help you sign-in. You will receive a follow-up appointment for your second dose following your initial vaccination. The second dose may be administered 4-6 weeks after your initial dose; please do not worry if your second appointment is not exactly 28 days (4 weeks) from your original dose.
What if I already received my initial vaccine at a different location?
If you have received the Pfizer vaccine at a different location, you need to return to your original location as planned for your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. KDH only offers the Moderna vaccine and you need to receive the same vaccine for both shots. If you have already received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at a different location, you may schedule your second dose at KDH. Bring your vaccination card with you to verify that you received the initial dose of the Moderna vaccine; your card will have the date of your vaccination and other important information.
About the Moderna Vaccine
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. Basically, mRNA can most easily be described as instructions for the cell on how to make a piece of the "spike protein" that is unique to SARS-Cov-2. Since only part of the protein is made, it does not do any harm to the vaccinated person, but it is antigenic. The mRNA strand never enters the cell's nucleus or affects genetic material. Once displayed on the cell surface, the spike protein causes the immune system to begin producing antibodies which means the immune system is primed to protect against future infection. Preliminary data suggests high vaccine efficacy (94.1%) in preventing COVID-19 following receipt of two doses. Information per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for persons 18 years of age and older. Children under the age of 18 are not approved for Moderna vaccination.
- All persons should receive two (2) doses at least one (1) month apart.
- Women who are pregnant should not receive the Moderna vaccine; clinical trials did not include pregnant women, and its affects are unknown.
- Women who are lactating may choose to be vaccinated; mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk for the breastfeeding infant. Ask your provider if you have questions.
- Those being vaccinated should not have had any other type of vaccine (influenza, shingles, etc.) within 14 days (before or after) receiving the first or second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
- The Moderna vaccine is not interchangeable with any other vaccine. If you receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, you need to receive a second dose of the Moderna vaccine. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product has not been evaluated. If you received an initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
- If you have specific questions about the vaccine and your personal health, talk to your personal physician or medical professional before registering for the vaccine.
- Those receiving the vaccine will be monitored for a designated period of time after receiving the vaccine to be sure they do not experience a significant adverse reaction.
What to know about vaccine reactions:
- Adverse reactions are usually mild to moderate in intensity and resolve within a few days. The most common reactions reported in clinical studies include: pain at injection site (92%), fatigue (70%), headache (64.7%), muscle pain (51.5%), joint pain (46.4%), chills (45.4%), nausea/vomiting (23%), fever (15.5%). Others include injection site swelling and/or redness. You may experience one or more of these reactions, or almost no reaction at all.
- Severe problems from vaccinations can occur, but they are rare. The CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions - also known as anaphylaxis - after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or if they must go to the hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 vaccinations
The information below comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For complete information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, visit www.cdc.gov.
Which lasts longer, immunity after getting COVID-19 or protection from the COVID-19 vaccine?
The protection someone gains from having an infection (called "natural immunity") varies from person to person. Because this virus is new, we don't know how long natural immunity might last. Current evidence suggests that getting the virus again is uncommon in the first 90 days following infection. We will not know how long immunity lasts from the vaccine until we have more data about how well COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine?
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 a COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonial antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting vaccinated. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected after recovering from COVID-19. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are working to learn more about.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others once I have received 2 doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when the CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus. Experts need to understand how protection that the COVID-19 vaccine provides (plus natural immunity) work in real-world conditions. Continue to follow recommended safety guidelines until otherwise instructed.