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COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster

Not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations? Take a minute to schedule your primary series or booster shot either with us or at your local pharmacy.

Getting your full vaccination series and booster shot helps to decrease your chance of severe diseases and death from COVID-19 infection.

Primary series vaccination is currently recommended for those 6 months of age and older. The bivalent booster is expected to provide broader protection from current circulating variants and possibly from any new variants in the near future. The new booster is recommended for people age 5 and older and is given 2 months or more after your last primary dose or booster. People 18 and older may receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and boosters. Those 6-17 may receive the Pfizer or Moderna bivalent boosters. Those age 5 must receive Pfizer boosters.

Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may receive a bivalent booster 2 months or more after receiving their most recent monovalent booster.

If you received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or are looking for detailed vaccination and booster information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the appointment.

COVID-19 boosters for everyone 5 and up

To help boost immunity and better protect against severe disease and death, everyone 5 and older should get a booster shot after their primary vaccination series. 50 and older or moderately or severely immunocompromised may be advised to get 2 boosters appropriately spaced apart. The boosters for all aged 5 and up are now bivalent, offering greater protection against newer COVID-19 strains.

Additionally, everyone who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should receive a COVID-19 booster or boosters. To get a booster, visit your local pharmacy or schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.

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.

What can I expect after a COVID-19 vaccine?

Some side effects from the vaccine are normal and should go away in a few days. Symptoms after your vaccine or booster are a signal 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 Center 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, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin (only for people age 18 or older) or antihistamines.

Third dose vaccinations for immunocompromised patients

For moderate-to-severe immunocompromised patients, the 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccinations are part of the initial primary vaccination series before receiving subsequent boosters for patients 12 years of age and up who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. A 3rd additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available only for those who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria and received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna. 

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised people, see the CDC’s guidance.

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