Marion County is currently in Phase 1B of vaccine eligibility, which includes eligibility for all Hoosiers age 50 and older. To access the most recent list of eligible Hoosiers, click HERE.
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, it is important to note the CDC recommends continuing with ALL current COVID-19 precautions despite vaccination status. This includes following current quarantine guidelines in the event of exposure. Experts continue to learn more about the protections of the vaccine under real-life conditions and will need to understand more before deciding to change recommendations.
For eligible Hoosiers, vaccine registration information can be accessed:
- By dialing 211 from any phone
To find a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites, click HERE.
Vaccination Planning and Information
To access a variety of important information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the latest news and resources, click HERE.
IPS Vaccination Recommendation
IPS strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for the continued protection of our staff, students and community. We understand there may be some hesitancy around receiving the vaccine.
To help you understand more about the vaccine, please check out the following resources:
Vaccinations for Teachers
All Indiana teachers of any age are now eligible for vaccinations through federal pharmacy programs at any Kroger, Meijer or Walmart.
Details are still being released on the registration process and the extent to which this order covers other school-based staff. The district will share any updates as soon as we get additional information.
To learn more about this program, please click HERE.
Additionally, IPS has received a number of questions around the vaccine and wanted to share
the following FAQs.
Will I test positive after getting the COVID vaccine?
NO. None of the vaccines available will cause you to test positive on viral tests.
If your body develops an immune response (which is the goal of vaccination), you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate a previous infection or immunity built from vaccination. Antibody tests are not used to test for current COVID infection.
Can you contract COVID after vaccination?
YES, after the first vaccine dose, the body can take days to weeks to develop an immune response. It is possible to contract COVID during this time, so it is essential to continue following CDC guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing, despite vaccination status.
After the second vaccine, a full immune response is seen approximately 14 days after the injection. It is only after this time a person is thought to be “fully protected.” It is important to note, the vaccine does not stop COVID from entering your body, but your immune response stops the virus from being able to replicate enough to cause significant symptoms or pass the virus to others. Research is still being done around transmission to others, so it is important to continue to use all protective measures for the foreseeable future, despite vaccination status.
What are the side effects from the vaccine and typical timeline:
Most side effects from the vaccine begin 24 to 48 hours after injection. Common side effects include pain, swelling in the arm, fever, chills, tiredness and headache. Symptoms may last a few days but should improve quickly. Symptoms that start several days after vaccination or that do not improve are not common, and you should schedule a provider’s visit to rule out COVID infection or another illness.
How can I tell if a test was a Rapid or a PCR?
A rapid test detects protein fragments specific to COVID. The order should have the word antigen on the result.
A PCR test (gold standard) detects RNA (genetic material) specific to the virus. The order should have the word RNA on the result.
Until the vaccine is available to everyone, continue to follow ALL CDC recommendations for preventing the spread:
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths).
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
- Isolate yourself if you’re sick and stay home if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces often.