COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is the vaccine safe?

  • Yes! The vaccines used in the United States and other countries around the world have undergone some of the most intense review and study of any vaccine.
  • CDC Vaccine Safety Information
  • If you have any concerns about your health, please see your doctor.

How does the vaccine work?

  • COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness.
  • For more in-depth information visit the CDC’s page about vaccines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html

How much will the vaccine cost me?

  • COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost.
  • Vaccines were paid for with taxpayer dollars and will be given free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

What Vaccine should I get?

  • Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19 at this time.
  • For more information visit the links below to the CDC pages for each vaccine, with information on the respective vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech

Moderna

Johnson & Johnson

Novavax

Do I need a booster?

  • Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a booster shot after they have completed their COVID-19 vaccine primary series.
  • People ages 12 to 17 years old can only get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot.
  • People ages 18 years and older should get a booster dose, and either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred.
  • As of March 29, 2022 a second booster shot has been made available for individuals with compromised immune systems or ages 50+. FDA AUTHORIZES 2ND BOOSTER
  • For more information on boosters visit:  CDC Booster Webpage

Where can I get my vaccine?