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COVID-19 Vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available. Everyone 5 and older is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine. There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 5 years of age and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to individuals 18 years and older.

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting infected and severely ill, and significantly reduce the likelihood for hospitalization and death. Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective; these are called breakthrough cases.

COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Doses

An “additional dose” is recommended for people who may not have received adequate protection from their initial vaccine series. Immunocompromised people can get an additional dose, as long as at least 28 days have passed since completing the initial two-dose vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna.

Immunocompromised people have a reduced ability to fight disease, a lower immune response to the original vaccine series compared to other fully vaccinated people, and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

An additional dose of Moderna vaccine is available to individuals 18 years of age and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, as long as at least 28 days have passed since completing the initial two-dose Modern vaccine series.

An additional dose of Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 5 years of age and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, as long as at least 28 days have passed since completing the initial two-dose Pfizer vaccine series.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

A “booster dose” is given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have decreased over time. The primary COVID-19 vaccination series continues to be highly effective at reducing severe disease, hospitalization, and death caused by COVID-19. The booster dose is intended to boost the immune system for better, long lasting protection.

18 years and Older

If you received Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a booster should be given at least two months after receiving the single dose. You may choose Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine for your booster. Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is preferred.

If you received Moderna or Pfizer, a booster should be given at least 5 months after the second dose of the primary series. You may choose Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine for your booster. Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is preferred.

For more information on who is eligible for Additional and Booster dose: COVID-19: Additional and Booster Doses

12 – 17 Years Old

If you are 12 -17 year old, a booster dose of Pfizer should be given 5 months after the second dose of the primary series.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 5-11

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the Pfizer-BoiNTech COVID-19 vaccine has met the safety and efficacy standards for Emergency Use Authorization in children ages 5 through 11 years old. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 years olds requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection.

Vaccinating children will help protect them from getting COVID-19,therefore reducing their risk of severe disease, hospitalization and long-term COVID-19 complications. Getting your children vaccinated can also reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission.

Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

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Types of Vaccine Available

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
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Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
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CDC: Benefits of getting vaccinated

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Getting Your COVID-19 VACCINE

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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

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Before, During and After Shots

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COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People - At Increased Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19

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Get Vaccinated Even if you Have Had COVID-19

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CDC: Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

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WI DHS: State Vaccination Page

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Vaccine Data for Wisconsin Residents

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Finding a COVID-19 Vaccination Location

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