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910 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98164910 4th Avenue
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

1401 2 Nd Ave, Seattle, WA 981011401 2 Nd Ave
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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
5-11
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 Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

901 Boren Ave, Suite 850, Seattle, WA 98104901 Boren Ave, Suite 850
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Please do check the online link for additional dates/times for Moderna vaccines, as we add more dates/times on the calendar often. Online scheduling only, please. Thank you!

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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

222 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101-2108222 Pike St
Open09:00AM - 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 Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104325 9th Ave.
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Last updated Jan 24, 2023 12:00 AM

124 2nd Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104124 2nd Ave S.
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Last updated Jan 27, 2023 12:00 AM

1101 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 981041101 Madison Street
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

400 S Jackson St, Ste #300, Seattle, WA 98104400 S Jackson St, Ste #300
Open10:00 AM-4:00 PM
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  • Sat10:00 AM-4:00 PM
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Last updated Sep 16, 2022 12:00 AM

1628 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 981011628 Fifth Avenue
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

509 Olive Way Suite 752, Seattle, WA 98101509 Olive Way Suite 752
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  • Mon9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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We have LOTS of Pfizer vaccine. Book appointments online, by phone, or by email.

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Last updated Jul 20, 2022 12:00 AM

515 Minor Ave, Ste 120, Seattle, WA 98104515 Minor Ave, Ste 120
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Last updated May 26, 2022 12:00 AM

1930 Post Alley, Seatle, WA 981011930 Post Alley
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Last updated Aug 18, 2021 12:00 AM

2035 4 Th Ave, Seattle, WA 981212035 4 Th Ave
Open09:00AM-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 Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

1407 Broadway, Seattle, WA 981221407 Broadway
Open09:00 AM-6:00 PM
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

1531 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-38101531 Broadway
Open10:00AM - 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 Feb 2, 2023 12:00 AM

720 8th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104720 8th Ave S.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2022 12:00 AM

611 12th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144611 12th Ave S.
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Last updated Jan 27, 2023 12:00 AM

2505 2 Nd Ave, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 981212505 2 Nd Ave, Suite 200
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Last updated Sep 2, 2022 12:00 AM

2506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 981212506 2nd Ave
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Last updated Feb 1, 2023 12:00 AM

210 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109210 9th Ave N
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Last updated Jan 30, 2023 12:00 AM

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Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Where can I get COVID vaccine in Seattle?

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

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

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

  • What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Seattle?

    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-19 Vaccine Reviews (20)

This site is a god sent during Covid time. I got my Covid tests (3 separate times) and both my Covid vaccines here without any hitches. The staffs are efficient, the services are quick and clean, and the location is so convenient. Plus Solv websites for test results and vaccine records are easy to use. This is the best use of my property tax money. Thank you City of Seattle!

- Verified patient on 9/22

Waited in the 39 degree weather for almost and hr. Lucky fir me I brought a hat and gloves many older than me were not so lucky. Inside staff at the point if shot very friendly with excellent care. Line staff friendlier the first shot. January 6th. Which brings to my question, When do I get a Booster if 30% of people aren’t getting the vaccine? Thank you!

- Verified patient on 5/10

I was there today for my second covid vaccine. The line was very long. The first time i came was a 5☆ visit. Today's visit was completely different. Unorganized, very long line. Most of the patients had not filled out their questionnaires on line. The ones who did should have been able to get in. But we had to wait in a long line. Once i got inside it was great, because i had pre- checked in and signed my disclosure.

- Verified patient on 3/18

Received my 1st Covid vaccine on 1-26. Great experience. Staff, volunteers were very helpful, informative, friendly. The organization it took to plan and provide this service was amazing. I was in awe every minute I was there. Stunning in its execution. Great job and thanks from all of us who were lucky to be there. thanks to you Swedish Hospital. Bravo Bravo Bravo

- Verified patient on 1/28

It was well organized and the wait time is good. Volunteers are very well prepared for questions and direct people in an orderly manner. Staffs are well trained and very friendly. The facility is very clean and maintain social distancing. Volunteers will wipe down the chairs when people finished their 15 minutes wait time. I highly recommend this Swedish/Seattle University covid vaccine. Clinic to everyone.

- Verified patient on 2/20

Fast, credible (due to UW affiliation) & friendly. Ideally I'll receive my tests results the same today too, because they are so consequential. My son just tested positive & was with our family for Thanksgiving week so we're all on pins & needles now waiting for test results from each family member. We're all fully vaxxed, most have boosters and we all feel fine, so I think we'll be okay. Still, the only change I would request is receiving same day results but I know that's probably not realistic & I'm definitely not complaining. We're verrrry lucky to live in the same city as UW main campus & medical center for a multitude of reasons. (heart emoji!) Oh yes, thanks for being on super groovy Ballard Avenue too! It's much more fun than the emissions testing place on Aurora, but we're grateful for all testing places in Seattle! With Love, Pam PPS. I don't know what it cost. I thought these tests are supposed to be free? I did give my insurance card but haven't seen my medical statement yet. If I am charged, I hope it's very low cost.

- Verified patient on 12/5

I got my 2nd dose of Pfizer Covid vaccine at Fred Hutch on Thur, Feb 18; super organized, very well done, no line, moved through quickly; I especially appreciated the private booths for shots and separated booths for the 15 min wait after to make sure you're ok; highest recommendation to anyone who still needs vaccine

- Verified patient on 2/20

I was so impressed with the process at Fred Hutch for COVID vaccines. Both of my appointments were fast, instructions were clear, every person I worked with from walking in the front door to leaving after my 15 minutes wait time after getting the shot were friendly and kind. To top it off, the parking was free and easily accessible. Kudos!

- Verified patient on 5/6

I was so impressed with your staff and facility. Every one of your staff was very professional and kind. Your system is ready to serve the public from the outside the building with the signs & directions to the entrance. After you get in ti the building the each one of the public members was treated just like your own patient. Especially, after the COVID vaccine each public patient was guided to a very clean room with comfortable chair/recliner(?) and your staff goes to each patient explaining how to take care of yourself in case you feel discomfort. What a comparison to the public news on the TV. I talk to my friends about the experience at Futch. Thank you so much for your outstanding service! Seungja Song

- Verified patient on 2/23

The offer and scheduling of COVID vaccine for 12-15 yr olds was bumpy on Monday and we, and several hundred others, were able to schedule appts on Tue. before the CDC authorized - a glitch that was corrected later in the day on Tuesday when we got email offering a rescheduling, which led to today’s vaccination. So a little bump, a big but temporary disappointment, followed by an outstanding experience. THANK YOU! The workflow at Hutch this morning when we got the vaccination was the most well-oiled human machine I have ever seen!

- Verified patient on 5/13

Everything was very well organized and easy to follow directions. The injectors had great bedside manner and were excellent injectors. Every stage had a different set of staff to greet you and help you with the next step from Entrance and parking, check-in, entrance to the injection room, injectors and final observation. Felt very comfortable and confident about the whole process. Thank you for such excellent Covid vaccine experience.

- Verified patient on 4/3

ATTAWAY to all the Fred Hutch staff for the amazingly smooth operation for the Covid Vaccine that I was anxious about. From help in the parking lot to all that made the appointment comfortable and professional I was really grateful! Amidst all the confusing times these are, this was a BIG TIME positive experience! 👍

- Verified patient on 2/19

When I bought in my grandparents for the covid vaccine, one of the staff members helped us into the waiting room. Check in and check out was easy. Social distancing was well maintained inside the clinic. A translator assisted my grandparents while I waited outside in the car. Although they I wasn't present, my grandparents told me that the staff was really kind and professional. They felt well taken care of. I'm thankful for this clinic and their staff for taking excellent care of my grandparents!

- Verified patient on 1/24

I was the last to get my booster. A great way to avoid the lines. I think the staff was probably exhausted by the time I arrived and seemed to be communicating among themselves but after 5 or 6 minutes-they went into action! The woman who gave me my shot was GREAT! Warm and careing - Wah I caught her name! But it went really smooth! Thank you to each of you and Happy Thanksgiving 🥳

- Verified patient on 11/18

I am expressed with how Swedish handled the Covid vaccines. There were more than enough staff to guide people from the very moment you arrived until you left the parking garage. Everyone was professional, friendly, informed and organized. Great job to all, I for one am grateful for the wonderful experience. Thank you.

- Verified patient on 2/18

All of the above👍 Very helpful, smooth quick. No side affects except for a sore arm from the injection for k my one day. Even the parking was easy & quick to find. Cvolunteers were there to help every step of the way. . The Medical staff were professional, kind and informative. Never felt confused or anxious about the process. Thanks so much fir all you have done to make the Covid Vaccine process go so well.

- Verified patient on 2/12

Walked in, was told “there was a glitch in the system, but we will rake care of you.” Very, VERY friendly, Patient and very professional. They had a problem with their own system, nevertheless they wrote my information on piece of paper and proceeded with my Covid vaccine. I was very impressed by their willingness and professional level of helping people.

- Verified patient on 1/22

I just completed my second vaccination and am currently sitting in the observation room. Everyone I interacted with during both visits was very friendly and professional. The whole operation is organized and thorough. There was a bit of a wait for my first visit, but the second one went very quickly. I will be recommending Fred Hutch to everyone I know seeking their Covid vaccine(s).

- Verified patient on 4/2

Amazingly great experience. I had heard lots of horror stories about other vaccination providers about delays, cancellations, poor service, etc. None of that happened at the Swedish vaccination site. Just the opposite! I’m not a regular patient of theirs, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was difficult getting an appointment for my first dose of the Covid vaccine with any facility. I’m classified as 1B-Tier 1. Like everyone else, I had been trying to get an appointment for weeks. But once I got the appointment with Swedish it all went very quickly and efficiently. Here’s my experience: Swedish got a new vaccine shipment on Tuesday 2/2/21. I heard about it late that afternoon and was able to get on-line and schedule my first dose for Thursday evening at the Swedish vaccination site on the Seattle University campus. By the time I got my vaccination scheduled Tuesday night, all other time slots had been taken, so you have to act quickly. On Thursday I arrived about an hour early before my scheduled appointment. Volunteers were posted from the garage to the vaccination site to make sure no one got lost. Everyone was well distanced and masked. At the check-in desk I had to produce my proof of eligibility and photo ID. Though I was 30 minutes early they put me in line immediately (again masked and distanced) - there was no wait. Within 20 minutes after I parked in the garage I was already vaccinated with dose 1, and was scheduled for for my second dose. Everyone - the volunteers, doctors, nurses, and schedulers - were friendly, efficient, and focused on giving terrific service to those being vaccinated. It was a truly wonderful experience.

- Verified patient on 2/7

I was most impressed with how streamlined and organized the covid vaccine process was. And they booked our follow appointment at that time as well. We lucked out finding appointment by pure chance and good timing. We had to drive in from Everett, but the entire setup was very impressive. Like they've done this before!

- Verified patient on 2/21

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.
Sources

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