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Vaccine Update: Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Booster Shots

COVID-19 Booster Shot Eligibility

What You Need to Know:

  • Updated (bivalent) boosters became available on:

    • September 2, 2022, for people aged 12 years and older

    • October 12, 2022, for people aged 5–11 years

    • December 9, 2022, for children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine primary series

  • Updated (bivalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine also became available on December 9, 2022 for children aged 6 months–4 years to complete the primary series.

  • CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group:

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.

  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.

  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 data.


Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Choosing Your Booster Shot

Four COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized in the United States:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Moderna

  • Novavax

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) (CDC recommends that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine only be considered in certain situations, due to safety concerns.)

Scheduling Your Booster Shot
If you need help scheduling your booster shot, contact the location that set up your previous appointment. If you need to get your booster shot in a location different from where you received your previous shot, there are several ways you can find a vaccine provider.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster: Search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

When are you up to date?

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and got the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.

  • If you have completed your primary series—but are not yet eligible for a booster—you are also considered up to date.

  • If you become ill with COVID-19 after you received all COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for you, you are also considered up to date. You do not need to be revaccinated or receive an additional booster.

COVID-19 vaccine recommendations are based on three things:

  1. Your age

  2. The vaccine you first received, and

  3. The length of time since your last dose

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.


Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What to Bring and Expect

  • Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose. If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.

  • You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19.

  • Use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Please Review the CDC Website for further detail & more information regarding COVID-19 and Vaccinations.
COVID-19 Booster Shots | (Jan. 12th, 2023)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children & Teens

Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:
  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19

  • Get sick from COVID-19

  • Spread COVID-19 to others.

COVID-19 Vaccinations are now available to children and teens 6 months to 17 years!
  • Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.

  • Getting vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss.

Which Vaccine can children & teens 6 months and older get?



Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

General Outlets for the COVID-19 Vaccine:
  • Your Local Pharmacy's Website (Links to Major Pharmacy's Available Below)
  • Your Healthcare Provider
  • State or Local Government Department (Links Available Below for U.S. States & Links to international resources below)

National COVID-19 Vaccine Locator

Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can:

Prepare for your vaccination visit.

  • Get tips for how to support yourself before, during, and after the visit.

  • Learn more about what to expect.

  • Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies you may have.

  • To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, you should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.

  • After your COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so you can be observed in case you have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.

Possible Side Effects
On the arm where you got the shot:
  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Nausea

Helpful Tips to Relieve Side Effects
To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:
  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.

  • Use or exercise your arm.



To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Dress lightly.

Visit the link below from the CDC to explore over the counter medication options and advice from the CDC regarding their use. 


Cost of COVID-19 Vaccines

You will not be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
  • Charge you for the vaccine.

  • Charge you any administration fees, copays, coinsurance, or the balance of the bill after appropriate reimbursement.

  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network.

  • Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate.

SCAM ALERT: If anyone asks you to pay for access to vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for an extra fee.

Information Source: (Updated January 12, 2023)

International Resources for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides the most accurate and reliable information about the COVID-19 Virus and Vaccine efforts.
Information on progress and development on WHO's efforts on the COVID-19 Vaccine and their work with partners.
For country-specific information, visit the World Health Organization's partner site locator.
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