Vaccines are becoming available to those in eligible categories (currently in Phase 1B) at retailers and health care providers. You can go to these providers no matter which county you live in. Phase 1B guidelines:


Kroger Pharmacies: schedule online at

Meijer Pharmacies: register online at and they will contact you to schedule

TriHealth: schedule online through your MyChart account or call 513-862-6843 (more information here:

Butler County Health Department:

Hamilton County Health Department:

Montgomery County Health Department:

Warren County Health Department:


  • The week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • The week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.

If you have any questions for our Nurse and/or Safety Team, please submit them through the form below. These are anonymous and will be answered through future Vaccine communication.


We will not be able to immediately stop wearing masks after we get vaccinated, but those that get the vaccine may be able to stop wearing a mask sooner than those that do not.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) carefully reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even rare side effects are identified.


COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. 

There will be no cost to Bilsteiners (or your families) for receiving the vaccine. Any expenses incurred will be covered by BILSTEIN.

Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red or warm to the touch. The symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever, but those side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to. It is working and building up protection to disease.

Both this disease and the vaccine are new. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.

No, at this time the vaccine is only available for adults 18 and over.

No, it will not be mandatory, but it is highly encouraged.

The Health Department does not know which vaccine they will be receiving in which batches, so we will not know which we are getting until it is readily available. We will communicate this as soon as we know.

We don’t have a timeline at this time, but we will update everyone as soon as we know. As of 1/8, Ohio is on Phase 1B of the rollout, which includes Ohioans over 65, others with specific medical conditions and adults working in schools. We would expect to get the vaccine when it is available for younger, healthier adults. If you have the opportunity to get the vaccine sooner if you are a part of another phase, we encourage you to do so.

The CDC says you should take the vaccine even if you’ve already had COVID-19.  Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible (evidence suggests that natural immunity does not last very long), the vaccine should be taken to protect you for a longer period of time.

According to the City of Hamilton Health Commissioner, the following people should not take the vaccine:

                -anyone that has received convalescent plasma within 90 days of the vaccination date

                -anyone that currently has COVID-19, and is under isolation (NOT the same as QUARANTINE from contact with a positive case)

                -anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19 but has chosen to not get tested As always, if you are unsure, you should always discuss with your primary care physician.

There will be no penalties, but we will offer an incentive to get the vaccine by providing a discount to your insurance premium for the 2021 year.

No, you will not be paid. You will need to use PTO or file for unemployment.

The Hamilton Health Commissioner has given us guidance on who should not take the vaccine. She has advised us that those that have had the virus are safe to receive the vaccine as long as they are recovered.

: Knowing the ingredients of the vaccine before taking it is important. This will be reviewed with every employee before administration. In the meantime, here is where you can find ingredient information for both vaccines.





At this time, we will provide whatever vaccine is available through the Health Department. They do not know if it will be the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, both of which are mRNA vaccines.   Right now, there is another vaccine in Phase 3 of clinical trials that does not use mRNA, made by AstraZeneca, but we do not know if or when it will be available to us.

Note: The Moderna vaccine efficacy rate is 94.5% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection. The Pfizer vaccine efficacy rate is 95%.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper and easier to use than others, but research published in December confirmed the vaccine was only about 62% effective.

If you develop any symptoms and are outside of possible side effects from the vaccine, you will need to be seen by a medical professional.  If you are tested and positive you will isolate, this means you contracted the virus and it is not from the vaccine.  Our current policies for compensation will apply. It takes a few weeks to build immunity after both doses of the vaccine.

The vaccine is being provided by the federal government at no charge, and any administration costs should be covered under your insurance if you are able to get it elsewhere (i.e. your primary care doctor or at a pharmacy), similar to a flu shot.

The CDC does not know yet if vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. They don’t know this yet because not enough people have been vaccinated to determine if the vaccine prevents asymptomatic infections.   Most vaccines DO prevent people from passing pathogens to others (i.e. hepatitis, measles, chicken pox, etc.), but they don’t know 100% if this is true for COVID-19 yet. The more people that are vaccinated, the more information they will have for research.

The CDC does not know yet if vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus. They don’t know this yet because not enough people have been vaccinated to determine if the vaccine prevents asymptomatic infections.   Most vaccines DO prevent people from passing pathogens to others (i.e. hepatitis, measles, chicken pox, etc.), but they don’t know 100% if this is true for COVID-19 yet. The more people that are vaccinated, the more information they will have for research.

If enough people get the vaccine, we can achieve herd immunity, and essentially the end of the pandemic, which means we will not need to wear masks. See more information on this at the CDC website here.

Bilstein will follow all State requirements as communicated by the Ohio Department of Health. Eventually the State may require people provide proof of vaccination in order to participate in certain activities and also to not wear a mask.

Yes, the vaccine has very minimal side effects, and no matter what time you get the vaccine, it should not affect your ability to work.

No, neither the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine nor the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contain fetal cells nor were fetal cells used the development or production of either vaccine.

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Yes, Bilstein can make the vaccine mandatory for employees, but we will not be doing so. We highly encourage all employees to get the vaccine. We are trying to provide as much information as possible so that all employees make an informed decision to get the vaccine. There will be no repercussions for refusing the vaccine, but remember that in the future, not being vaccinated may affect your ability to participate in some activities, such as airline travel, going to concerts, restaurants, and other public events.

There is no deferral time for donating whole blood after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine (source: Community Blood Center)

Yes, the health department will provide each employee that receives the vaccine with documented proof of vaccination.

The vaccines being provided to Bilstein by the health department will be either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but we will not know which one until they are received by the health department. We will certainly disclose which vaccine manufacturer they are as soon as we know. The health department is receiving lots of doses from the federal government from both manufacturers, and we will use whichever they have available for us.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cells, which is where our DNA is kept, so the vaccine cannot alter our cells nor effect how medication works in our bodies.

This, and more information on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines here:

Yes, our vaccine protocol includes pre-screening questions about allergies, and those that have had anaphylactic reactions (to anything) will be monitored longer. We also have epinephrine on hand in case of an allergic reaction, and all individuals administering the vaccine are trained to give it, as well as first aid and CPR.

There is no  information on the CDC’s website for this particular scenario. From the vaccine trials, if a person is asymptomatic and vaccinated, it seems to be a non-event, as administrators would not know if you were infected with COVID-19 unless you were tested prior to the vaccine, which is not done.  From the research we have done, this scenario does not seem to have any adverse effect on people.

Yes, if we are able to obtain vaccines for employees’ families, it will include individuals 18 and up living in the same household.

At this time, we are only able to get the mRNA vaccine (either Moderna or Pfizer.) The others are not available in the U.S. yet. We will get the vaccine from the City of Hamilton Health Dept. when they have them available for us, and they do not have the non-mRNA vaccines available to them. There will not be a separate sign up for the non-mRNA Vaccines at this time.

Yes, you do not have to get both doses in the same arm.  You can choose either arm for each dose.