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COVID-19 Vaccine and Children

The CDC now recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Children ages 5 and older are now able to get an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Patients and families will receive a notification with information on how to schedule. Please refer back to this page for the most up-to-date information.

Important Information About CDC Booster Recommendations

The CDC provides the following recommendation about boosters.

Patient Group Who should get a booster? When do I need a booster? Which booster should I get?
People who received the Pfizer vaccine Everyone 12 years and older At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • Pfizer or Moderna are preferred
  • Teens age 12-17 may only get Pfizer
People who received the Moderna vaccine Adults 18 years and older At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series Pfizer or Moderna are preferred
People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Adults 18 years and older At least 2 months after receiving your J&J COVID-19 vaccination

*There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, while others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster shots.

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Benefits of Getting the Vaccine – Stronger Together

A vaccine can limit the spread of the disease by helping to protect you and those around you.  Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to protect you from contracting the virus or to limit the severity of the disease should you contract it. We know from other diseases and their vaccines that we can slow or stop the spread of disease when roughly 60 to 80 percent of a population gets vaccinated, which is why it’s important to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

  • All three vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19, and all are recommended.
  • Common mild to moderate side effects include soreness at the injection site, fever, body aches and chills.

Type of Vaccine Number of Doses Age Booster Recommendations For the Immunocompromised
Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA Two age-appropriate dosed injections 21 days apart Age 5 and older See booster dose recommendations above. People age 5+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, to be given 28 days after second shot.
Moderna mRNA Two injections 28 days apart Adults 18 and older
Johnson & Johnson Adenovirus vector One injection

Frequently Asked Questions

 Important Notice: Telephone Scams About the COVID-19 Vaccine
We are aware that some of our patients are receiving fraudulent calls from people claiming to be our representatives and seeking credit card information to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. These calls are not from us. We will not ask for credit card information to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. There are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine. If you receive such a call, hang up. Learn more.