Important information about Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

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We encourage you to get the vaccine wherever you can get it the quickest.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Click here or watch this video for more information.

Safe and effective vaccines are an important tool, in combination with other measures, to protect people against COVID-19, save lives and reduce widescale social disruption.

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Prime Wellness Community Health Center offers the following COVID-19 vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty (age 5-11)

Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty (age 12+)

The vaccine, based on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, is one of the most widely used worldwide against COVID-19. It is important to get vaccinated as soon as it's your turn and continue practicing other protective measures.

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Booster shots and additional primary doses of COVID-19 vaccines

You may have heard about “booster shots” and “additional primary doses” for people who got a COVID-19 vaccine. The main difference between these two shots is who gets them and why.

A BOOSTER SHOT is for individuals who are fully vaccinated. These people already got two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna/Spikevax vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Their bodies probably created enough antibodies to protect them, but health officials believe their immunity may go down over time.

The CDC recommends that all fully vaccinated individuals should get a booster shot.

Age eligibility

  • Comirnaty: ages 12 and older
  • Moderna/Spikevax: ages 18 and older
  • Johnson & Johnson: ages 18 and older

When to get a booster shot

  • Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Moderna/Spikevax: at least 5 months after getting the 2nddose
  • Johnson & Johnson: at least 2 months after the one dose

A SECOND BOOSTER SHOT of mRNA vaccine is allowed for certain people who got their last dose at least 4 months ago. People who are eligible include:

  • Adults age 50 and older
  • Adults 18-49 who received a J&J primary dose and J&J booster dose
  • People age 12 and older are moderately or severely immunocompromised

AN ADDITIONAL DOSE is for specific people who have weakened immune systems. These people have already received two doses of either Moderna/Spikevax or Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine. However, their bodies may not have created enough of an immune response to protect them from getting COVID-19. An additional dose of vaccine at least 28 days after completing their 2nd dose will help get them to a good immunity level. This group includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress their immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress their immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other medicine that may suppress their immune response
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