- Everyone 12 and older is eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.
Pfizer vaccines are available to everyone 12 years and older.
Moderna vaccines are available to everyone 18 years and older.
Our Johnson & Johnson supply has been replenished as of 9/1/2021. It is available for people 18 years and older.
Additional Doses for Immunocompromised People:
We are currently scheduling clinics for immunocompromised people to receive a 3rd doses in their primary COVID vaccine series.
- People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
- This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series.
- CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Recipients of an additional COVID-19 vaccine will be asked to self-certify their eligibility at these clinics.
Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine?
CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Booster Doses for the General Public:
The CDC does not recommend additional or booster doses for any population other than immunocompromised people.
Individuals will be eligible to receive a booster dose of Moderna or Pfizer 8 months after their 2nd shot.
Information on booster shots for recipients of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is forthcoming. [The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was initially rolled out in March 2021, so the earliest someone would be eligible for a booster dose with J&J is November 2021.]
We are currently planning booster vaccine clinics. These will be scheduled no earlier than September 20, 2021.
Vaccine Call Center
The COVID-19 vaccination helpline is available to help answer vaccination questions and to help individuals sign up for a vaccine appointment if they are unable to register themselves online
COVID Vaccines Available
How do they work?
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are known as mRNA vaccines.
Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines help our body develop immunity against COVID-19. Immunity means that your body will quickly recognize the virus that causes COVID-19 and will protect you from getting sick.
mRNA vaccines do not change your DNA
mRNA vaccines do not cause disease
mRNA vaccines are not weakened COVID19 viruses
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine require 2 separate doses for it to reach full efficacy.
- The Pfizer vaccine requires doses 21 days apart.
- The Moderna vaccine requires doses 28 days apart.
Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccines
After getting the vaccine, some may experience side effects. These side effects are common to vaccines, are usually mild to moderate, and usually go away 1-2 days after vaccination. People may experience more side effects after Dose #2.
Side Effects May Include:
Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
Lymph node swelling