What you Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Schedule your appointment today and do your part to protect yourself and others.

Coloradans wanting the COVID-19 vaccine for the first time or as a booster can self-schedule an appointment for a free vaccine through My Health Connection.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16 years old or older, and an emergency use authorization (EUA) for children 5 through 15 years old.

For children 12-17 years old we encourage parents and guardians of our current pediatric and family medicine patients to set up family access within My Health Connection. Learn more about setting up family access.

At this time you cannot set up appointments for children ages 5-11 through My Health Connection. For more information on this age group, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

COVID-19 Booster:

The FDA and CDC have authorized Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as well as mixing COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers. People who received 2 doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Novavax vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get a different brand for their booster.

Pfizer booster shots are being offered for anyone 12 or older and Moderna booster shots for anyone 18 or older who received their second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Novavax vaccine at least 5 months ago, or who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago.

For more information on who should get a booster shot, visit the state of Colorado’s vaccine booster eligibility page.

If you Have a Compromised Immune System:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people with a moderately to severely compromised immune system. The third dose should be given at least 28 days after the second dose.

Immunocompromised groups include:
Organ transplant recipients
Those taking certain medications that weaken the immune system
Those with conditions that cause a similar level of immune suppression

People who have a moderately or severely compromised immune system may schedule an appointment for a third dose.

While studies show the additional third dose may increase protection for someone with a weakened immune system, these people may still be at risk of getting COVID-19. Therefore, they should continue to wear masks, social distance, avoid crowds, and avoid close contact with people who have not been vaccinated.

Please talk to your doctor about your medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is right for you.

Those interested in scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment can do so using the My Health Connection portal. Those without internet access can call: 720-462-2255 (English), 844-945-2508 (Español).

Click/tap here to find additional vaccination locations in Colorado.

If you need a ride to get your vaccine, Mile High United Way’s Ride United program is providing access to free rides (up to 25 miles each way) to vaccination sites across Colorado. Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211colorado.org to learn more.

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This post was originally posted on October 26, 2021