COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A (as of March 31, 2021)

    Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?

    Individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

    Is Henry County Health providing COVID-19 vaccinations?

    Yes, Henry Community Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations at the hospital, 1000 N. 16th Street in New Castle.

    How do I register for the vaccine?

    Appointments are required. Go to ourshot.in.gov to register. Indiana residents may also call 211 to register by phone.

    What should I expect when I come to Henry Community Health for my vaccination?

    Please park in the lot in front of the hospital and enter through the main entrance. Wear your mask when you come into the hospital; if a caregiver comes with you they also should wear a mask. The vaccinations will be given on the ground floor of the hospital across from the cafeteria. Please follow the signs and floor decals or ask for assistance. We have socially distanced chairs for your comfort while you wait for your vaccination. After you receive the shot you will be directed to an area where you can wait for 10-15 minutes to make sure you don’t have any reactions to the shot. Our staff is prepared to help if you have a bad reaction although that is unlikely. You will be given a timer which is sanitized after each person which will tell you when your waiting time is over so you may return home.

    What do I need to bring with me to get vaccinated?

    The person getting vaccinated will need to bring a photo ID and insurance card. Masks need to be worn as you enter the hospital and remain on during the entire time you are at the hospital.

    When will the vaccine be available?

    The vaccine is currently available for those eligible in phase one. Supplies are limited. Individuals in additional age groups will be eligible in weeks to come. We will share information on hchcares.org and on social media when Governor Holcomb authorizes new groups who are now eligible to be vaccinated.

    Will I be charged for the vaccination?

    The vaccine is free. While vaccine providers can bill a patient’s insurance for a fee to administer the vaccine, the patient will not be charged.

    Why should I get the vaccine?

    Vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. However, preliminary data does not suggest 100% efficacy. The two vaccines that have received FDA approval are by Pfizer and Moderna and have a 95% efficacy rate. Just like other vaccines (i.e., Flu) experts believe getting the COVID-19 vaccine will keep you from getting seriously ill if you were to get the COVID-19 illness. You will protect your family and friends especially those at increased risk for severe illness. The combination of mitigation measures and vaccination will help stop the pandemic.

    Is the vaccine safe? Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. It takes a few weeks for immunity to develop after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected just before or after vaccination because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. Just like any vaccine you can get symptoms because the body’s immune system is being trained on how to respond. Fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and injection-site soreness have been reported. These are minor and should go away in a few days. Participants were more likely to report such symptoms following the second dose of the vaccine. Long-term data regarding COVID-19 vaccine safety is not available. However, current clinical trials have not shown serious adverse events to date. Vaccine safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for adverse events.

    If I get vaccinated, will I test positive on COVID-19 diagnostic tests?

    You will not test positive for viral tests. However, if the vaccine works you may test positive on antibody tests.

    If I have had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

    The answer to this is not clear. Experts believe that reinfection is possible as we don’t know how long someone is protected from getting sick again.  Because of the severe health risks associated with COVID-19, people are advised to get vaccinated.

    How many shots will I need?

    Two shots will be required. One vaccine requires shots separated by 21 day (Pfizer) and the other by 28 day (Moderna).

    Will I experience a reaction to the vaccine?

    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, reactions to the vaccine, in general, are rare. Per ACAAI guidelines, the new vaccines should be given in healthcare settings where patients are observed for at least 15 minutes to monitor for adverse reactions and where reactions can be treated. Anyone with a severe allergic reaction to the first shot should not get the second shot. People with allergies to medications, foods, insects and latex are no more likely than the general public to be allergic to the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. It’s not clear yet whether having had an allergic reaction to an older type of vaccine means you will react badly to the mRNA vaccines; individuals that have experienced reactions previously should discuss the vaccine’s benefits and risks with their healthcare providers. These recommendations are based on the best knowledge to date of ACAAI and are subject to change.

    COVID-19 General Info

    Free COVID-19 drive-through testing  is now available in New Castle for ages 5 and over. Henry County Health Department and Henry Community Health administer the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Site. The drive-through testing clinic is located at 1007 N.16th St. in the upper level parking lot outside of the HCH Respiratory Clinic.

    Temperature Checks and Screenings

    Staff are screened daily and sent home if they have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms. Patients and guests are screened before entering the hospital. Physician office patients are screened on the phone the day before their appointment and again when they enter the office to check-in. Information about where to seek care is provided for patients and guests who have COVID-19 symptoms.

    Protective Masks Required For Everyone

    All staff are wearing protective masks. Patients and visitors who are allowed are required to wear a mask, bandana, scarf or similar face covering.

    Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfectant Protocols

    All patient rooms and clinical areas are thoroughly sanitized before and after each patient. High-touchpoint areas are sanitized frequently throughout the day. Staff practice frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer stations and dispensers are available throughout our main campus and outpatient locations.

    Telehealth Visits For Physician Offices

    Patients may ask their provider’s office if they would prefer a telehealth (telemedicine) visit. Our physician offices have many enhanced safety measures if you prefer or need to have an in-office appointment.

    Preregistering Patients On The Phone

    For many services and physician office visits, patients are called ahead of time and pre-registered to reduce the time they will need to spend in a waiting room.

    Waiting Room Social Distancing

    Waiting areas are arranged for social distancing and we have reduced the number of patients in waiting rooms by spacing out appointments. Some physician offices and outpatient services ask patients to call when they arrive for their appointment and then wait in the car until they are ready to be seen. At our main campus, there are “sick” and “healthy” waiting areas.

    Strict Isolation Procedures For Suspected and Diagnosed COVID-19 Patients

    Emergency Department and hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are isolated from other patients. Staff follow strict protocols while caring for isolation patients, including wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) upon entering and exiting all isolation patient rooms for their safety and the safety of other patients.

    Surgery and Procedure Screening

    All patients undergoing elective surgical procedures are required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to the surgical procedure. In order to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, enhanced screening questions will be asked prior to Sleep Center appointments and other elective minor procedures.

    Updated Visitation Policy

    Effective January 21, 2021, Henry Community Health will allow one visitor per day for the following patients:

    • Non-COVID inpatients.
    • Non-COVID surgery patients.
    • At a patient’s time of discharge.
    • When accompanying a minor.

    Visitors may visit between 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Visitors will be screened at the entrance and must follow safety protocols while on site.

    Effective January 25, one visitor will be allowed in each of the following locations:

    • Emergency Department.
    • All HCH physician offices in Henry, Wayne and Delaware counties.

    The Women’s and Children’s unit continues to allow one support person. Once designated, this person must stay the entire hospital admission. If they choose to leave they may not return until time of discharge.