COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are provided at no cost to you.
The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone 6 months and older.
The updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters specifically add protection against the Omicron variant, the current most common variant.
Bivalent Moderna boosters are available for those aged 6 months and older who've completed their Moderna primary series or received their last booster at least 2 months prior.
Bivalent Pfizer boosters are available for those age 5+, who have completed their primary series or received their last booster at least 2 months prior.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA).
More than 667 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States from December 14, 2020, through January 18, 2023.
The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in US history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Learn how the federal government is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the CDC and FDA, adverse reactions or side effects for most people are usually mild in intensity and resolve within a few days. The most common adverse reactions reported after vaccination in clinical studies included:
Some people also experience:
The CDC considers a person to be fully vaccinated two weeks after completion of one of the three vaccines available in the U.S. The number of shots needed to complete your primary series depends on your age and the vaccine received.
No. Per guidance from the FDA and CDC, the bivalent COVID-19 booster may only be administered two months after a patient completes their initial primary series or two months after the patient’s most recent monovalent booster dose. Per FDA authorization, the previously available monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for individuals 5 years of age and older. The updated booster cannot be used for the primary series at this time.
It is safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster or additional dose that is a different brand than your initial dose or doses. The omicron booster doses are equally effective and CareArc recommends that individuals get whichever bivalent vaccine is available.
Visit the CDC to learn more about the recommendation of booster shots.
Yes. There is no need to stagger vaccinations.
Studies conducted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic indicate that it is safe to get both a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit. Getting both vaccines at the same time might be more convenient than having two separate visits.
Yes. At this time the updated booster is available at no cost to any eligible patient either through insurance or if uninsured.
While the CDC advises that getting any COVID-19 vaccine is better than not getting vaccinated, the agency now recommends receiving an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), which is preferred over the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
The CDC points to vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety and abundant vaccine supply as reasons for why it is recommending Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will continue to be available in limited supply to those who are unable to, don’t have access to or prefer not to receive an mRNA vaccine.