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COVID vaccine and booster shots near me in Oakland, CA

Find and book a COVID vaccine and booster shot appointments in Oakland. Everyone 5+ years old is now eligible, with COVID booster shots available for certain immunocompromised individuals.
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New Oakland Pharmacy

New Oakland Pharmacy

#2
388 9th Street #108, Oakland, CA 94607388 9th Street #108
Open2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Tue9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wed2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Fri9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sun
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Moderna boosters available Monday and Friday. Janssen/J&J Boosters available Tuesday and Thursday. Pfizer for 5 to 11 year olds available Wednesday and Saturday. Schedule online at MyTurn.CA.Gov

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 5-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 5-11.

2-dose vaccine, formulated for kids

Johnson & Johnson
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Jan 3, 2022 12:00 AM

416 Outreach Center

416 Outreach Center

416 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607416 8th Street
Open9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat
  • Sun
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Last updated Jan 15, 2022 12:00 AM

Chenming And Margaret Hu Medical Center

Chenming And Margaret Hu Medical Center

818 Webster Street;, Oakland, CA 94607818 Webster Street;
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 12+
Full authorized by the FDA for ages 12+. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for all booster shots.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 5-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 5-11.

2-dose vaccine, formulated for kids

Moderna, NIAID
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Johnson & Johnson
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Jan 15, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#09957
344 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland, CA 94612344 Thomas L. Berkley Way
Open08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Mon08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Tue08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Wed08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Thu08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Fri08:30AM-06:00PM
  • Sat10:00AM-03:00PM
  • Sun
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#17781
2650 Broadway, Oakland, CA 946122650 Broadway
Open08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun09:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Lucky Phcy

Lucky Phcy

#736 Rx #116340
247 E 18 Th Street, Lucky Phcy #736 Rx, Oakland, CA 94606247 E 18 Th Street, Lucky Phcy #736 Rx
Open9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Mon9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Tue9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Wed9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Thu9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Fri9:30 AM - 6:15 PM
  • Sat9:30 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Sun
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Walk-ins welcome! Vaccinations Closed 12:30-2 for Pharmacist Lunch

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Last updated Jan 13, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#10475
2964 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 946112964 Broadway Ave.
Open08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-06:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#11706
301 E 18 Th St, Oakland, CA 94606-1813301 E 18 Th St
Open09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 06:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#16477
3009 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611-57123009 Broadway
Open09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Sat12:00AM - 12:00AM
  • Sun12:00AM - 12:00AM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#17657
2700 5 Th St, Alameda, CA 945012700 5 Th St
Open10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Mon10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Tue10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Wed10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Thu10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Fri10:00AM-07:00PM
  • Sat11:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#3170
3400 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-30043400 Telegraph Ave
Open08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 06:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Safeway Pharmacy

Safeway Pharmacy

#3281
2600 5 Th St., Alameda, CA 945012600 5 Th St.
Open09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 05:00PM
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Pfizer 5-11 year old Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently reserved for school partnership appointments. Appointments for the general public will be available in our pharmacies in the near future.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna, NIAID
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Johnson & Johnson
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#09255
931 Marina Village Pkwy, Alameda, CA 94501931 Marina Village Pkwy
Open09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat10:00AM-05:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-05:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center

San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center

1030 International Blvd;, Oakland, CA 946061030 International Blvd;
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 12+
Full authorized by the FDA for ages 12+. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for all booster shots.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 5-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 5-11.

2-dose vaccine, formulated for kids

Moderna, NIAID
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Kaiser Nc Fabiola Pharmacy

Kaiser Nc Fabiola Pharmacy

#115
3600 Broadway;, Oakland, CA 946113600 Broadway;
Open9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mon9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tue9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wed9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thu9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sun9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Vaccinations at no charge are provided at Marriott Hotel Downtown Oakland at 550- 10th street, Oakland, CA 94601 . Parking is at 530 - 11th street, Oakland, CA 94601 One block away. Take shuttle or walk to clinic.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 12+
Full authorized by the FDA for ages 12+. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for all booster shots.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 5-11
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 5-11.

2-dose vaccine, formulated for kids

Johnson & Johnson
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

Single-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Dec 29, 2021 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#10526
3250 Lakeshore Ave, Ste B, Oakland, CA 94610-27203250 Lakeshore Ave, Ste B
Open09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 07:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 06:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente

#02115
3801 Howe Street, Floor 1, Oakland, CA 946113801 Howe Street, Floor 1
Open9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mon9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tue9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wed9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thu9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sun9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Book online

Vaccination at no charge is provided at Marriott Hotel Downtown Oakland at 550 -10th street, Oakland, CA 94601. Parking is at 530 - 11th street, Oakland, CA 94601 One block away. Take shuttle or walk to clinic.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
Available for ages 12+
Full authorized by the FDA for ages 12+. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for all booster shots.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

Moderna, NIAID
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

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Last updated Oct 3, 2021 12:00 AM

Walgreens Co.

Walgreens Co.

#4050
1916 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501-21401916 Webster St
Open08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM - 09:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 06:00PM
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Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Safeway Pharmacy

Safeway Pharmacy

#3125
3889 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 946083889 San Pablo Ave
Open09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Mon09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Tue09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Wed09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Thu09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Fri09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Sat09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM - 05:00PM
Book online

Pfizer 5-11 year old Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently reserved for school partnership appointments. Appointments for the general public will be available in our pharmacies in the near future.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna, NIAID
Available for ages 18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Booster for 65+ and immunocompromised people

VERIFIED

Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#09130
175 41 St St, Oakland, CA 94611175 41 St St
Open08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Mon08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Tue08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Wed08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Thu08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Fri08:00AM-08:00PM
  • Sat10:00AM-06:00PM
  • Sun10:00AM-06:00PM
Book online

It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Last updated Jan 17, 2022 12:00 AM

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Latest COVID Vaccine updates

Jan 11, 2022
The Biden administration announced Monday that insurance companies and health plans will be required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. For instance, a family of four all on the same plan would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. (NPR)
Jan 11, 2022
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department on Monday advised against travel to neighboring Canada because of a rising number of COVID cases as the omicron variant spreads. (NBC News)

COVID Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get COVID vaccine in Oakland?

    The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals through health clinics, hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices including urgent care centers. COVID vaccine locations in Oakland—as well as the availability of appointments and doses at each location—are changing daily. Solv, through partnership with vaccingfinder.org and others, is actively maintaining the list of providers above and is refreshing at least daily, so check back frequently. Additionally, check directly with vaccine providers near Oakland as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

  • When will children be able to get the COVID vaccine in Oakland?

    As of November 2, the Pfizer vaccine has received EUA from the FDA and approval from the CDC to vaccinate kids 5-11 years old. At this point, everyone 5+ years old in Oakland are eligible for the COVID vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccines for children under 5 years old are still awaiting results of clinical trials and approval from the FDA. Research shows these COVID vaccines are remarkably effective and safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges children and adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. Once the FDA provides emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccines to be administered to children, it is likely that the same providers in Oakland that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Oakland?

    Independent pharmacies, as well as regional and national chains, are administering the COVID vaccine across the country. Most are partnered with HHS directly to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the major pharmacy chains administering the vaccine with details on how to register for an appointment:

    • Albertsons will be making the COVID vaccine available at stores nationwide based on regional distribution and eligibility schedules. Appointments fill up fast and they will release appointments as they receive supply.
    • CVS stores nationwide are adding the COVID vaccine to their online schedule as it becomes available in each market, allowing people to schedule both their first and second doses (as applicable).
    • Costco pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Register on their website. Note: Please do not contact the local Costco pharmacy as they are unable to schedule an appointment or provide current eligibility requirements.
    • Kroger is partnering with federal and state agencies to deliver one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week across their pharmacies, clinics, and off-site events. Their website will be regularly updated with information on local availability.
    • Rite Aid pharmacies are scheduling vaccine appointments in accordance with local and state eligibility requirements. Check the linked PDF for the latest details. Note: Please do not call your local Rite Aid pharmacy for a vaccine appointment.
    • Target expects to be able to start distributing the COVID vaccine their their partnership with CVS and their on-site pharmacy locations. Check the CVS pharmacy website for updates and dates when more vaccines will become available.
    • Walgreens will be providing COVID vaccines to consumers at all of its 9,000+ store locations. Check their website to see which locations presently offer the vaccine and their appointment availability.
    • Walmart is administering the vaccines based on state and federal eligibility guidelines and is scheduling appointments at thousands of their stores nationwide. Check their website often for availability as the vaccine continues rolling out to more stores.
  • How many COVID vaccine doses will I need?

    The first two COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna each require two (2) doses of the COVID vaccine. Each dose must be of the same product, and will need to be separated by either 21 days or 28 days, depending on the vaccine. That means if you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose must also be the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, approved for use in the US on February 27, 2021, only requires one dose. Consult your healthcare professional if you have additional questions.

  • How long will the COVID vaccine last?

    In most cases, COVID-19 testing and antibody testing is available at no out of pocket cost if you are covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. You will likely have to pay a normal office visit copay, however. For cash paying patients, the two largest labs have reported that the Medicare rates (likely the lowest cost) to process an antibody test is around $50 and $100-$200 for a PCR swab test. It is important to understand that many healthcare providers are requiring screenings prior to testing, which may or may not be covered by your insurance, and may or may not require additional copays.

  • Can you contract COVID if you are vaccinated?

    After immunization, the body normally takes a few weeks to develop immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19). That means a person could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 before or after vaccination and still become unwell. This is due to the vaccine's inability to provide protection due to a lack of time.

  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    Vaccines against COVID-19 are both safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have been subjected to the most stringent safety testing in the country's history. You should acquire a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible, according to the CDC.

  • Can you spread COVID if you are vaccinated?

    While the ability to transmit COVID-19 is possible after you have been fully vaccinated, experts believe it will happen at a slower rate given the efficacy of the vaccine. It's most like only relevant for people who don't have a good immunological response to immunizations in general.

  • Do I need a COVID booster shot?

    According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

About COVID Vaccine

There are currently 3 COVID vaccine available in Orlando and throughout the country: Pfizer-BioNTech (mRNA), Moderna (mRNA Vaccines), and Johnson & Johnson (Vector vaccine). As of April 7, 2021, three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, have been approved for use via an emergency use authorization (EAU) for adults ages 16 and older. Pfizer has since received EUA for 5-11 year olds, opening the door for everyone in the country 5 years and older to receiving a COVID vaccine.

Getting a COVID vaccine will be similar to the process of getting any other type of vaccine. Patients should talk to their doctors about whether they have allergies and if they have ever experienced a reaction or specific side effects from a vaccine in the past. They should also inform their doctors whether they are currently ill, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

The injection itself usually only takes a few seconds and may feel like a slight pinch on the skin. Most people do not experience serious side effects from vaccines, and any side effects they do experience are usually mild. Chills, low-grade fever, headache, tiredness, and muscle and joint aches are the most common side effects of vaccines.

People who get a mRNA COVID vaccine will need another booster shot roughly 3-4 weeks after the first shot to stay protected from COVID-19, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot. It is not yet known how long immunity to COVID-19 will last after receiving a COVID vaccine.

Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.

  • They’re safe. Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
  • They’re effective. All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.
  • They’re free. COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.

Top vaccine myths

When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

  • The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.
  • The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.
  • If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.

Risks of the COVID vaccine

All vaccines come with potential risks and side effects. The most common side effects associated with vaccines are low-grade fever, malaise, and redness and pain at the injection site. More than 50% of people who received early COVID-19 vaccines reported experiencing mild short-term side effects including fever, headache, muscle aches, and reactions at the injection site.

Questions to ask your doctor about the COVID vaccine

  • When should I come back for my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What side effects could I experience from the COVID vaccine?
  • How effective is the COVID vaccine?
  • Is it possible for me to get a mild case of COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?
  • Can I stop wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing after getting a COVID vaccine?
  • How many different COVID vaccines are available?
  • What are the ingredients in the COVID vaccine?
  • Who should not get a COVID vaccine?
  • Can I get more than one type of COVID vaccine if more are available?
  • How long will it take before the COVID vaccine takes effect?

Approved COVID Vaccines

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have each developed COVID vaccines and received emergency use authorization (EUA). Pfizer's vaccine has received EUA for individuals 12 years of age and older, while both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for people 16 and up. During the initial rollout of the vaccine, however, it is unlikely individuals will be able to choose which vaccine they want.

According to the CDC, as of October 21, 2021, individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: (1) 65 years and older, (2) Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, (3) Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, and (4) Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings. For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine

  • On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first EUA for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals . The emergency use authorization allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. to individuals 16 years of age and older.
  • On May 10, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EAU for use of the vaccine in children from the ages 12-16. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.
  • On August 23, 2021, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, now being referred to as Comirnaty, for ages 16+. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. 
  • Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, released an efficacy analysis of their phase 3 trials involving 42,000 people, about half of whom got the experimental vaccine with the other half receiving a placebo. 170 participants contracted COVID-19 with only 8 of them being from the vaccine cohort. This equates to a 95% vaccination success rate, which is about as good as any vaccine, even after years of development, can ever expect. The inoculation process involves two doses, with the second dose administered 3 weeks after the first.

Moderna, NAID COVID vaccine

  • On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an EUA for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • On June 25, 2021, the FDA revised the patient and provider fact sheets regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination.
  • On August 12, 2021, the FDA amended the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA to allow for an additional dose to be given to certain immunocompromised individuals.
  • Similarly to Pfizer, Moderna’s is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine with a nearly identical efficacy rate of 94.1%. These results follow a 30,000-volunteer study with only 11 positive COVID cases occurring from the group that received the vaccines rather than the placebo. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna version does not have as strict refrigeration requirements, likely making their vaccine more easily transported, stored, and administered through existing healthcare infrastructure.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • In clinical trials, the J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine, and had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did get sick. No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.
  • Early evidence suggests that the J&J/Janssen vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick.

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