Frequently Asked Questions
When can I get vaccinated?
All people age 12+ are now eligible for vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12+. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine are approved for ages 18+.
For more information on the Maine vaccine rollout, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines
How do I get vaccinated?
Johnson & Johnson: The J&J vaccine is a single dose vaccine that is available Tuesdays and Thursdays at MRH Walk-In Care, 87 Main Street in East Millinocket. Drop in any time on those days between 8am and 6pm to get your “one and done” vaccine.
Moderna: This is a two dose mRNA vaccine, with shots spaced four weeks apart. Patients who wish to get the Moderna vaccine can book an appointment online at: www.mrhme.org/getvax.
Pfizer: Pfizer is also a two dose mRNA vaccine with shots spaced three weeks apart. This is currently the only vaccine approved for ages 12-17. MRH has offered special Pfizer clinics but are not able to carry it consistently due to its storage requirements.
What should I do if I feel ill or suspect I have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID or have symptoms, you should quarantine immediately and get tested at MRH Walk-In Care within 3-5 days after exposure. Continue your quarantine while awaiting results.
Do not present to the emergency room or doctor’s office unless experiencing severe symptoms such as: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face.
How long does it take for symptoms to present?
It can take anywhere for 2-14 days for symptoms to appear after exposure.
Am I contagious even if I don’t have symptoms?
It is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and spread it to others without experiencing symptoms yourself.
Research has shown that high levels of the virus are present in respiratory secretions during the “presymptomatic” period that can last days to more than a week prior to the fever and cough characteristic of COVID-19.
This ability of the virus to be transmitted by people without symptoms is a major reason for the pandemic spread.
If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for the entire 14-day incubation period. Even if you feel fine, you’re still at risk of spreading the coronavirus to others. Persons who are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms, or have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months and do not develop new symptoms, do not have to quarantine even if exposed. All others should follow quarantine as directed.
What should I do if someone in my home, or someone I have close contact with, has COVID-19?
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
- People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
When can I discontinue isolation?
You can discontinue isolation once you meet the following criteria:
- It’s been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and should not delay the end of isolation.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you can discontinue isolation after 10 days have passed since you received your positive test.
For those who experienced severe illness or are immunocompromised, your primary care provider may recommend a longer isolation period.
Should I get tested to confirm that I no longer have COVID-19?
Even after you have recovered from your symptoms, you may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, you should be tested only if you develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19. You should discuss the need for testing with your primary care provider; especially if you have been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
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Sources: Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health & Human Services