COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and effective. To get the updated COVID-19 vaccine, contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy. Getting the updated COVID-19 vaccination provides maximum protection against severe illness from COVID-19 infection.
There are resources to support those who are concerned about the cost of COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit Vaccines.gov to learn more.
Who should receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC recommends updated COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older, regardless of previous vaccination. Additional doses may be recommended for children and immunocompromised individuals. Ask your care provider for specific guidance.
For detailed vaccination information for all age groups, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How do I get the vaccine?
The health system provides vaccinations by appointment only. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the appointment.
What can I expect after a COVID-19 vaccination?
Some side effects from the vaccine are normal and should go away in a few days. Symptoms after your vaccination are a sign that your body is strengthening its immune system. Common symptoms are pain, redness and swelling of the injected arm, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends contacting your doctor or healthcare provider if the redness or tenderness at the injection site gets worse after 24 hours or if the side effects are worrying or don’t appear to subside after a few days.
To relieve discomfort after vaccination, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medication.
Additional doses for immunocompromised patients
For moderately to severely immunocompromised patients ages 12 and older, additional doses may be recommended.
For specific guidance, contact your care provider. To learn more about vaccine recommendations for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, see CDC guidelines.
Questions? Contact your care team
If you have questions about the updated COVID-19 vaccine or to schedule an appointment, call your primary care provider’s office or send a message through MyChart.
Do not schedule a vaccination if you currently have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in quarantine or isolation. Wait until you are free of symptoms and no longer in quarantine. If you have severe or long-lasting symptoms, contact your primary care provider for guidance.