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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

11/3/2021

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about vaccines for children and teens.

Booster Shots

In late October 2021, the FDA and CDC expanded the availability of COVID-19 booster vaccines in eligible populations and approved the use of any of the three available vaccines to booster any primary series (“mix and match” dosing). The primary series should be given with the same vaccine and not interchanged with another vaccine.

Find out the latest information from the CDC on booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines.

How soon after my primary vaccine series can I get a booster dose?

A booster dose is given when the initial primary COVID-19 vaccine series was sufficient but has decreased over time. In the case of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the booster dose is given at least six months after the primary series. In the case of the J&J/Janssen vaccine, the booster dose is given at least two months after the first dose.

Can I get a different vaccine booster dose than the vaccine I originally got?

Yes. You can "mix and match" booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has indicated the potential benefits of a mixed vaccine dose outweigh the risks. You can receive any of the approved booster doses.

If I need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccine is not working?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, we have seen reduced protection against mild and moderate disease over time. A booster shot maximizes protection.

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster dose?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Where can I get a booster dose?

You do not have to receive your booster dose at the same place you went to originally. The vaccine is widely available at many local doctors’ offices, heath care systems, pharmacies, and big retail chains like Walmart. There is no cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Which health indications are recommended for a booster dose?

  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 1 and type 2
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies)
  • Obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy and recent pregnancy
  • Smoking, current and former
  • Down syndrome
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • Neurologic conditions, including dementia
  • Overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2, but <30 kg/m2)
  • Other lung disease (including interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplantation
  • Substance use disorders
  • Use of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive medications
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Thalassemia
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Liver disease

COVID-19 Vaccines Overview

Pfizer

Ages 12 and older for Dose 1-3

Dose 1

Dose 2

Give at least 21 days after Dose 1

Dose 3

for immunosuppressed

Give at least 28 days after Dose 2

Booster Dose

Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen

65 and older or 18 and older with medical conditions or risk

Give at least 6 months after Dose 2

Moderna

Ages 18 and older

Dose 1

Dose 2

Give at least 28 days after Dose 1

Dose 3

for immunosuppressed

Give at least 28 days after Dose 2

Booster Dose

Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen

65 and older or 18 and older with medical conditions or risk

Give at least 6 months after Dose 2

Janssen (J&J)

Ages 18 and older

Dose 1

 
 

Booster Dose

Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen

18 and older

Give at least 2 months after Dose 1

Pfizer Pediatric

Ages 5-11

Dose 1

Dose 2

Give at least 21 days after Dose 1

 
 

Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment

A COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler Portal is online for anyone age 12 or over to register and schedule a vaccine appointment. Oklahoma residency is not required. For more information, please visit Oklahoma.gov/COVID19 or call 2-1-1.

You can also schedule vaccination at most local pharmacies. Below are the scheduling links for the following pharmacies:

If your pharmacy is not listed above, please contact your local pharmacy directly for information on vaccine availability.

Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club accept walk-ins for COVID vaccines and Walgreens is offering extended hours on Fridays to administer vaccines.

Saint Francis Health System and Ascension St. John also offer appointments for COVID-19 vaccines:


Key Points

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.
  • It is important to beware of any fraudulent COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments. Learn more from the FDA about protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams.
  • For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

All Oklahomans ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine has received FDA emergency use authorization for adolescents ages 12-17.

Do I need to call my PCP about getting the vaccine?

You do not need authorization or approval from your PCP to obtain a vaccination. However, you are encouraged to discuss with your PCP if getting the vaccine is right for you.

How much will the vaccine cost?

  • If you have Medicare: For individuals with Medicare, there is no cost. The provider should provide the vaccine free of charge and will file your claim directly with Medicare.
  • If you are an employer group member or an individual plan member: The cost of the vaccine is covered by the government, but the cost to administer the vaccine will likely be billed to CommunityCare. However, there will be no cost to you for the vaccine or the administration of it.

Is the vaccine safe?

The CDC states that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Information on the vaccine and its safety can be found on the CDC website.

I heard the vaccine is two doses, is that correct?

Two of the current vaccines do require two doses to become effective. Once you are approved to get the vaccine, the provider will give you all the instructions you need on the doses. For the vaccines that require a second dose, it will be important you get both doses of the vaccine within the recommended timelines.

Are COVID-19 home test kits covered?

CommunityCare will provide coverage or reimburse members for COVID-19 home test kits approved for emergency authorized use (EAU) up to a total maximum amount of $120.


Updated November 3, 2021

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