Anyone age 5 years old and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Find an appointment at VaxOKC.com.
WHO CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE CURRENTLY?
A third dose is recommended for anyone who is immunocompromised and should be received as soon as 28 days after the second dose. To find out if you qualify for a third dose, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.... Only 4% of the U.S. population falls within this category. More information is available below.
A booster dose is recommended for all adults who received their second vaccine at least six months ago.
Johnson and Johnson is currently one dose only, but a second dose is recommended for anyone age 18 and older.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A booster dose?
People who are eligible for a Moderna or Pfizer booster must have received their second Moderna or their second Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago.
Those who are now eligible for a Moderna or Pfizer booster include:
People age 65 and older
People age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
People age 18 and older with existing medical conditions
People age 18 and older who live or work in high-risk settings
Janssen boosters are recommended for anyone age 18 and older and received their initial Janssen vaccine at least two months ago.
People can get a booster that does not match the brand of the brand of their two-dose vaccination. For those who are eligible, an mRNA vaccine booster can be given rather than a Janssen booster.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A 3RD DOSE CURRENTLY?
People who are immunocompromised and have completed a two-dose mRNA vaccination can receive a third dose 28 days after their second vaccination.
A third dose is recommended sooner than a booster because people who are immunocompromised must have three doses to be as protected as those patients who received two doses.
Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who:
Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 year or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose coricosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune system
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Find out more at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines...
Safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine
A new CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy. The analysis did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population. Click here for more safety information on vaccinations for pregnant people.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.
- The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use. Learn how ACIP makes vaccine recommendations.
- FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.
- The FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
BENEFITS OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE
COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING VACCINATED FOR COVID-19
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after your appointment to get vaccinated. These tips from CDC will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
Concerns about side effects
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease.
COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. However, it does take time, and more people getting vaccinated before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. That is why safety monitoring will continue. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates.
How many doses are needed?
Moderna & Pfizer require two doses. The first dose starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second dose to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose to be effective.
*A third dose of Moderna & Pfizer vaccine is recommended for certain groups.
How much will it cost to get vaccinated?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fundexternal icon
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
The above link explains how the body fights infection and how COVID-19 vaccines protect people by producing immunity. It also describes the different types of COVID-19 vaccines that currently are available or are undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States.
Understanding COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
The linked fact sheet provides information about mRNA vaccines generally and about COVID-19 vaccines that use this new technology specifically.
Authorized and Recommended Vaccines
As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine. CDC will provide information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety, and effectiveness. Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent serious illness from COVID-19:
- Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine (Comirnaty) - FDA Approved
- Moderna’s vaccine - Emergency Use Authorization
- Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine - Emergency Use Authorization
American Sign Language (ASL) videos
Moderna Fact Sheet – Spanish
Moderna Fact Sheet - English
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Fact Sheet - English
COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers
COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and communicate about. The materials on this page were created to help make communicating about COVID-19 a little easier. Choose from videos, posters, social stories, and interactive activities to best meet your communication needs.
Click below to view materials that cover getting the COVID-19 shot, washing your hands, getting a COVID-19 test, as well as wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance until you have gotten your shot.
Click the image below to download & also view in Spanish.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Continue wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing from others. Consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can or find a booster shot.
Taking preventative measures helps to reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. The vaccine will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.