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Important Information About CDC Booster Recommendations

The CDC provides the following recommendation about boosters.

Patient Group CDC Recommendation Our Action
Patients whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine The CDC recommends that you get a booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after your second dose. We are currently scheduling patients of our health network who meet these guidelines. You can schedule your booster online, through the Froedtert & MCW app or by calling your provider’s office.
Patients 65 and older who received the Pfizer vaccine
OR
Patients ages 18 – 64 with underlying medical conditions who received the Pfizer vaccine
The CDC recommends that you get a booster of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after your second dose. We are currently scheduling patients of our health network who meet these guidelines. You can schedule your booster online, through the Froedtert & MCW app or by calling your provider’s office.
Patients at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, ages 18 – 64 and who received the Pfizer vaccine The CDC recommends that you get a booster of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after your second dose. We are currently scheduling patients of our health network who meet these guidelines. You can schedule your booster online, through the Froedtert & MCW app or by calling your provider’s office.

For all other vaccinated people, the CDC is not recommending a booster at this time.

We are offering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients at this time. If you are not our patient, we encourage you to contact your health care provider to make arrangements if a booster dose is right for you.

Please be assured that the prior two-shot vaccine is still effective in reducing hospital admissions and death. The booster will help strengthen your protection and reduce the likelihood of mild to moderate illness from COVID-19, including the delta variant.


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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.

   
   
Type of Vaccine Number of Doses Age Booster Recommendations Effectiveness Side Effects
Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA Two injections 21 days apart Age 12 and older • People whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised, at least 28 days after second dose

• People 65 and older who received the Pfizer vaccine
OR
People ages 18 – 64 with underlying medical conditions who received the Pfizer vaccine, at least six months after second dose

• People at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, ages 18 – 64 and who received the Pfizer vaccine
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.
Moderna mRNA Two injections 28 days apart Adults 18 and older People whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised, at least 28 days after second dose
Johnson & Johnson Adenovirus vector One injection Not at this time

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.