COVID-19 Booster For Immunocompromised.

COVID-19 Vaccination Is An Important Tool To Help Us Get Back To Normal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get a Booster?

Pfizer: You should receive a booster dose five months after your initial series of vaccinations. 

Moderna: You should receive a booster dose six months after your initial series of vaccinations.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson): You should receive a booster two months after your initial vaccination. 

Adults ages 18 and over may choose Janssen, Moderna, or Pfizer as a booster dose.

Children and teens ages 12 to 17 may only receive Pfizer as a booster dose.

Are there side effects?

Most people experience soreness in the muscle of the arm for about a day. A minority of people (<10%) get a fever from the vaccine. Other common side effects include headache, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms usually last a day or less, if they occur at all.

Does it matter which booster I receive? Is Pfizer better than Moderna?

There are some preliminary signals in the data that some vaccines may be slightly more effective than others, but big picture: The booster vaccinations all work well. The data is not currently conclusive to make a determination of which is most effective. The most important fact is all adults should choose at least one of the COVID19 vaccines that you are comfortable with.

Who is eligible for a booster?

For the most recent booster eligibility criteria, review the CDC website. Currently, individuals ages 12 and older qualify for a vaccine booster.  

People with chronic medical problems, people over age 65, people with high-risk exposure at work or in their lives may benefit most from a booster shot due to the higher risk. 

The CDC recommends booster shots for all eligible individuals for added protection against COVID-19.

If you are unsure, one of our providers on-site is happy to help guide you.

What's the difference between a booster & an additional dose?

There are two distinct uses for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Additional Dose After An Initial Primary Vaccine Series: Administration Of An Additional Vaccine Dose When The Initial Immune Response Following A Primary Vaccine Series Is Likely To Be Insufficient.

The CDC recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after an initial two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna).

Booster Dose: A Dose Of Vaccine Administered When The Initial Sufficient Immune Response To A Primary Vaccine Series Is Likely To Have Waned Over Time. 

On October 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a “mix-and-match” booster dose.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their primary series:
  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Note: The Moderna COVID-19 booster dose is half of the dose that is administered for the primary series dose.
For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Can I get my second or third dose with you if I got my first dose elsewhere?

Yes, absolutely. Please remember to bring your CDC vaccine card with you. If you lost your card, we can provide a new card.

How much does it cost?

There is no out of pocket cost for receiving a vaccination from Emergent Testing. We do bill an administration fee to insurance, however, we DO NOT engage in cost-sharing. This means we do not collect ANY money from patients whatsoever (i.e. no copay, deductible, copay, coinsurance, or balance billing). If you are uninsured, we will bill the administration fee to HRSA, which is set up to cover the uninsured. More details about your rights as a patient, surrounding COVID19 vaccination billing, can be found here.

Is it effective?

All authorized COVID19 vaccines to date are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID19. The effectiveness against variant subtypes of COVID19 varies, and is not fully understood. In the clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they were both found to be 95% effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The limited data available indicates that it is likely at least 60% effective against variants such as B.1.1.7.

Do I need an appointment?

At this time, we are accepting all patients for vaccination, whether or not you have an appointment. Please feel free to drive up to any of our sites and request a vaccination. Please check site hours above before arrival.

Can I receive a vaccine if I am getting a COVID-19 test?

Yes. As long as you are not having symptoms of COVID19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches), you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Even if your test returns positive, your vaccine is still effective and will help your body generate immunity to the virus.

Can I receive the vaccine if I am breastfeeding or pregnant?

Yes. There is limited data on use in breastfeeding and pregnant women, however it is generally considered to be safe. Pregnant women are at increased risk of complications from COVID19, and as such should consider vaccination to prevent severe illness. Given that the COVID19 vaccine is non-replicating, there is no risk to lactating women or the baby. Ultimately, getting vaccinated is a personal choice, and you should weigh the risks and benefits prior to taking the vaccine. Our on-site providers (Physician or Physician Assistant) are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.