Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and how to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Community Drive-Through/Walk-Up Vaccine Clinics
Community vaccine clinics in July are moving to the Health Department and the UWEC Water Street Parking lot, which will be operated as a drive-through and walk-up clinic. Vaccines at both locations are free and no ID or proof of citizenship will be needed. Appointments are optional and may be scheduled at vaccinate.wi.gov. Walk-ins are also welcome.
UWEC Water Street Parking Lot (drive-thru or walk-up)
Dates: Wednesdays 4-6 pm, July 7 – 28
Location: UWEC Water Street Parking Lot, 101 Chippewa St, Eau Claire (enter on 2nd Ave)
Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+) and a limited supply of Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
Eau Claire-City County Health Department (walk-up)
Dates: Thursdays 4-6 pm, July 8 – 29
Location: Eau Claire County Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave (enter door C12E at the intersection of Lake St. and 2nd Ave)
- Vaccine: Pfizer (ages 12+), Moderna (ages 18+), limited supply of Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)
Pop-up clinics will continue to be hosted by the Health Department around the community. For a vaccine clinic calendar and more information, visit bit.ly/covidvaccine-ec or vaccines.gov.
Call the Health Department at 715-839-4718.
Q: The COVID-19 vaccines were developed very rapidly. Are they safe?
A: In order to obtain emergency use authorization from the FDA, vaccine manufacturers must show data on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. While the funding and approval of the vaccines were fast-tracked, the clinical trials were completed to obtain this data. Millions of Americans have safely received the vaccine. All three vaccines available have been shown to be highly effective.
Q: Are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines dangerous?
A: Some individuals may experience mild side effects after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine. Common side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headaches or muscle aches. They usually occur in the first few days after the vaccine and last less than three days. These side effects are not a concern and are a sign that the body is building up its immunity. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine may carry a risk of blood clot in women under age 50. This risk was very low with six cases out of 6.85 million. Infection with COVID-19 also carries a risk of blood clot.
Q: I am trying to become pregnant. Should I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you. 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. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html
Q: Can a COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?
A: The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect fertility. This myth arose after a false report on social media claimed that the vaccine would cause a woman’s body to attack the placenta and prevent pregnancy. There is no scientific proof that this is true. We do know that a pregnant woman who is infected with COVID-19 is at increased risk for complications and hospitalization.
Q: Can the COVID-19 vaccine change your DNA?
A: The COVID-19 vaccines use mRNA or DNA to communicate to our cells instructions on how to generate an immune response. The vaccine mRNA or DNA is then destroyed and does not alter our own DNA.
Q: What happens to the records of vaccinations administered on campus?
A: All vaccination records are shared with the WI Department of Health Services.