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COVID vaccine and booster shots near me in Columbus, OH

Find and book a COVID vaccine and booster shot appointments in Columbus. Everyone 5+ years old is now eligible for the vaccine and booster. A second booster is available to those 50+, or those that are immunocompromised and 12+ years old.
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Southeast Healthcare Service

Southeast Healthcare Service

16 West Long Street, Columbus, OH 4321516 West Long Street
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Moderna
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FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Jassen (J&J)
18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 18+ and it's been at least 2 months since completing primary vaccination. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Franklin County Public Health

Franklin County Public Health

280 E. Broad St. Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215280 E. Broad St. Suite 200
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
6 mon-55-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
6 mon-55-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Jassen (J&J)
18+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 18 and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 18+ and it's been at least 2 months since completing primary vaccination. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Franklin County Public Health Mobile Unit

Franklin County Public Health Mobile Unit

280 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43201280 E Broad Street
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Last updated Mar 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Ohio Health Physician Group Grant Family Medicine

Ohio Health Physician Group Grant Family Medicine

290 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215290 East Town Street
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
6 mon-512+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Doctors Pharmacy Downtown Llc

Doctors Pharmacy Downtown Llc

270 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43211270 S. Grant Ave
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Last updated Apr 5, 2022 12:00 AM

Lutheran Social Services Of Central Ohio Health Center At Faith Mission

Lutheran Social Services Of Central Ohio Health Center At Faith Mission

245 N Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215245 N Grant Avenue
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Last updated Mar 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Nch Adolescent Medicine Clinic

Nch Adolescent Medicine Clinic

380 Butterfly Gardens Dr., Suite 3 A, Columbus, OH 43215380 Butterfly Gardens Dr., Suite 3 A
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Nch Downtown Primary Care

Nch Downtown Primary Care

380 Butterfly Gardens Dr, Suite 3 E, Columbus, OH 43215380 Butterfly Gardens Dr, Suite 3 E
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
6 mon-5
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Kroger Pharmacy

Kroger Pharmacy

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150 W Sycamore St, Columbus, OH 43215150 W Sycamore St
Open8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 13, 2022 12:00 AM

Columbus Neighborhood Health Center

Columbus Neighborhood Health Center

720 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215720 E Broad St
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Last updated Mar 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Columbus Public Health

Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215240 Parsons Ave
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
6 mon-55-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
6 mon-55-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Amc Ohio Llc Dba Equitas Health Pharmacy

Amc Ohio Llc Dba Equitas Health Pharmacy

736 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203736 E Long St
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
5-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#03484
591 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215591 E. Livingston Ave.
Open08:00AM-09:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 12, 2022 12:00 AM

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children's Hospital

700 Children's Drive, Pharmacy Room T0123, Columbus, OH 43205700 Children's Drive, Pharmacy Room T0123
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
6 mon-5
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Mcmg Fraklinton

Mcmg Fraklinton

775 W Broad St, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43222775 W Broad St, Suite 200
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
5-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Nationwide Childrens Care Mobile

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Nationwide Childrens Care Mobile

700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, OH 43205700 Childrens Drive
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Last updated Mar 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Ronald Mc Donald Mobile

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Ronald Mc Donald Mobile

700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, OH 43205700 Childrens Drive
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Last updated Mar 14, 2022 12:00 AM

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

777 West State Street, Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43222777 West State Street, Suite 201
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

The Breathing Association

The Breathing Association

788 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203788 Mt. Vernon Avenue
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Vaccines currently in-stock:

Pfizer-BioNTech
5-1112+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2022 12:00 AM

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

Cvs Pharmacy, Inc.

#05949
759 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215759 Neil Ave
Open09:00AM-08:00PM
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It is highly recommended to make an appointment for pediatric (5-11 years old) COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines currently in-stock:

Moderna
12+
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months and up.

2-dose vaccine. Boosters available for ages 5+ and it's been at least 5 months since completing primary series. Second booster available for ages 50+ and it's been at least 4 months since your first booster.

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Last updated Aug 12, 2022 12:00 AM

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Latest COVID Vaccine updates

Jun 15, 2022
BA.4 and BA.5 — "sister variants" of the original omicron strain — are gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for about 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, CDC data shows. (Becker's)
Jun 15, 2022
COVID vaccines for kids under 5 move closer to FDA authorization after committee backs shots. The FDA’s committee of independent vaccine experts voted unanimously to recommend Moderna and Pfizer’s shots for use in infants through toddlers. The FDA will likely accept the recommendation and authorize the shots this week.(CNBC)

COVID Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get COVID vaccine in Columbus?

    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 Columbus—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 Columbus as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

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

    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 Columbus 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 Columbus that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Columbus?

    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.

Recent COVID Vaccine Reviews (20)

Both the two nurses & doctor who treated me were very friendly & helpful. I had questions about the Covid vaccine (which was unrelated to my treatment today) and Nick, one of the nurses, was very patient & took the time to discuss it with me.

- Verified patient on 2/1

Very smooth operation to get my COVID booster.

- Verified patient on 10/21

I made a same day appointment for COVID Vaccine antibodies. Communication was excellent from start to finish. Showed up 10 minutes before scheduled time and was taken back quickly after checking in. Staff were both professional and friendly and the facility was very clean. Would recommend!!

- Verified patient on 8/25

So easy to get the COVID-10 booster, I scheduled on-line and was seen before my appointment time. The staff is so nice. In and out.

- Verified patient on 10/7

Got the booster shot, no issues arrived and wait not that long. Good job giving the vaccine.

- Verified patient on 12/8

Received the booster shot. Did not even feel the needle. On the Internet. Great

- Verified patient on 9/28

Came here for my COVID vaccine as a walk-in. No wait time. Staff was professional and friendly. Very clean facility.

- Verified patient on 12/2

Ally was the best at giving the Pfizer booster. She was very friendly and put me at ease. Five stars for Ally and CompuNet at MVSH. No waiting today. Check-in was easy with minimal paperwork.

- Verified patient on 10/28

Got to the waiting room filled out my paperwork and waited for about five minutes which isn’t bad went inside when called to have my booster vaccination and it was quick

- Verified patient on 12/20

Received my covid booster today! Receptionist was friendly and quick. The vaccine actually hurt! My first two did not, but the initial injection and it going in hurt! She felt so bad and apologized for it! I’d still get it again if needed, and I would come back to your facility as well.

- Verified patient on 11/20

My husband and I were in an out in no time getting our Covid Booster shot. No wait, professional staff and so convenient for us.

- Verified patient on 11/21

Dr Sean was so nice and patient! Put me at ease and provided exceptional care. They were short staffed bc of covid vaccines yet his service didn’t show it! Highly recommend this facility!

- Verified patient on 3/2

I was greeted within a minute or two of arrival. I was shown into a procedure room promptly. I received my booster quickly. I have no complaints about my visit.

- Verified patient on 12/16

Staff was amazing ! Was able to get my second covid vaccine with no issues! Such a great facility!! I will DEFINITELY be back :)

- Verified patient on 6/3

Everything about the experience was good with one minor exception. I arrived right at 7:30 and before they opened the reception window and called the first person back, the staff was discussing their opinions regarding the new requirements being introduced to local healthcare facilities for the Covid vaccine. I felt like that was a conversation that should have been a little more private especially when patients were in the waiting room and could hear everything being said.

- Verified patient on 8/10

Was great. UH’s system is the best I have experienced from getting blood work done to getting the COVID vaccine and much more. Thank you for being there for myself and many others.

- Verified patient on 3/17

The young lady who gave us our booster shots was awesime

- Verified patient on 10/21

Came here for my covid vaccine. The blonde woman who administered the shot was very nice and very friendly. Couldn’t be happier with my experience.

- Verified patient on 4/23

I was pleasantly surprised of the short wait for my booster. Glad I didn’t have to wait and be in a room full of other clients.

- Verified patient on 12/16

Always come here for lab work and everyone is fantastic! Today i came for my booster and had Candice (I believe that’s correct) and she was incredible! Everyone always makes me feel comfortable and that’s not easy with a frat of needles!

- Verified patient on 12/15

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.
Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jul 25, 22

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