Providence COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at protecting you and those around you. 

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Current guidance from U.S. health authorities is as follows:

  • All adults age 18+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone 18+ who is fully vaccinated is recommended to receive a booster after five months from the date of their second vaccination, if they received Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • If you received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and have a moderately to severely compromised immune system, the CDC recommends you should receive an additional dose of the vaccine, at least 28 days or more after the second dose.
  • Everyone 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster two months or more after the initial shot.

More information on booster shots can be found here.

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The Pfizer COVID-19 booster is now authorized and recommended everyone 12-17. This age group is recommended to receive a booster five months or more after the initial Pfizer series.

COVID-19 vaccines for children 12 and up are available, encouraged and have been proven safe and effective.

The pandemic has been hard on everyone, especially our children. They have missed out on a lot and have had to sacrifice what makes kids, kids. Fortunately, people – including children and teens – can resume many activities once fully vaccinated. Check your state’s health guidance for more details.

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mother fitting face mask on 10 year old girlCOVID-19 vaccines for children age five and up are available, encouraged and have been proven safe and effective.

The CDC recommends that immunocompromised children age 5-11 receive a third dose of the vaccine 28 days or more after the completion of the initial series.

Many kids have had a rough time adjusting to a world with COVID-19. Children have missed out on sports, sleepovers, group events and play dates. Now that vaccines are available to nearly every person aged five years and older, their days may be closer to getting back to normal.

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mother and toddler wearing face masks in doctors officeAt this time, vaccine guidance from U.S. public health authorities is not available for this age group. Research is ongoing. To protect your unvaccinated children and those around them, children ages 2+ should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t live with.

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Deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal decision. To help you and your loved ones make the right decision, here are some informational resources specially curated by health care providers and experts.

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Commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

  • What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The COVID-19 vaccines available today are safe and highly effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalizations and death. They are helping to slow the spread of the virus and are significantly minimizing illness in those who contract it. Vaccinated – and especially boosted – people are overwhelmingly avoiding severe illness, hospitalization and death as a result of COVID-19. With every person who gets vaccinated, we get a little closer to ending this pandemic.

  • Why are vaccinated people getting infected with COVID-19?

    While the COVID-19 vaccines available today in the U.S. are highly effective, no vaccine is 100% successful at preventing illness. Cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people, called breakthrough cases, can happen. We know that vaccinated individuals who experience a breakthrough infection become less ill and are at a lower risk of hospitalization and death than those who are not vaccinated. In fact, the vast majority of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the U.S. right now are unvaccinated, reaffirming that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in protecting against severe cases of the disease, hospitalization and death.

  • Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?

    The FDA and CDC determined that the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. today are safe and highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and severe illness caused by COVID-19. The CDC recommends that everyone 12 years and older be vaccinated for COVID-19 to safely and effectively protect against getting or spreading the virus. We carefully review the vaccines and their data prior to providing it to patients and caregivers and will continue to do so as new vaccines become available. We always put safety first.

  • What side effects are people experiencing from the vaccines?

    We know there is a small risk of side effects associated with all vaccines, but the majority of the time side effects are less serious than the diseases themselves. The COVID-19 vaccine is no different. The COVID-19 vaccines available today in the U.S. may cause mild to moderate symptoms for some people. These symptoms can include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache and fever. In very rare instances, a more serious reaction may occur. For more information on what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website.

  • Were the vaccines tested on people of color?

    Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines available today included Asian, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and white participants. The goal of any vaccine trial is to ensure that as much of the general population as possible is represented. Vaccine manufacturers published their participant breakdown (here, here and here).

  • Will the vaccines affect my fertility or cause sterility?

    There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines available today in the U.S. affect or harm fertility in women or cause sterility in men. Watch Dr. Shaina Rogers address concerns about fertility. Women who are pregnant are eligible to receive it. It’s recommended that pregnant women discuss their options with a health care provider, so that they can make decisions that are right for them when they become eligible to receive a vaccine. Dr. Danelle Fisher address the safety of the COVID vaccine for pregnant individuals in this video.

  • When I get the vaccine, can I still spread the virus to others?

    We know that vaccines are effective and can reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. For this reason, we’re encouraging everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated. We’re getting closer to ending this pandemic every day and with each person who gets vaccinated.

  • Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have already had COVID and recovered?

    Yes, you should still get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19. It is possible, although rare, to contract the virus again and become reinfected with COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection varies from person to person, and experts are still learning how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies also show that the vaccine can give a strong boost in immunity to someone who has already recovered from COVID-19. Plus, getting vaccinated is a much safer way to build immunity than getting the virus itself.

    Note: If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma or have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-A or MIS-C), there are some additional clinical guidelines regarding vaccination. Learn more here and talk with your provider.

  • Does the COVID vaccine cause heart inflammation in adolescents?

    The CDC has received reports of a type of heart inflammation called myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after COVID-19 vaccination. These reports are rare, given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered to date. Leading doctors, nurses and public health leaders, including the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for anyone 12 years of age and older, as the known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of these types of heart inflammation. While Providence recommends everyone who can get the vaccine do, including those 12-17 years of age, we know it might not be right for all. Talk with your child’s health care provider to discuss what options are available and right for your family, and the benefits and potential risks of the vaccine. More information about these reports and what to know can be found here.

  • Am I eligible to receive a third shot of the vaccine?

    Information about COVID-19 and the vaccines is changing rapidly. The following information is current as of Sept. 29, 2021. Check the CDC website for the latest guidance.

    An additional dose or booster of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is recommended and authorized for select patient populations:

    • Moderately to severely immunocompromised patients can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here. Recommendations for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are still being evaluated.
    • People aged 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions can receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Other groups may receive a booster shot based on their risk, including occupation. Learn more hereRecommendations are expected soon for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    If you are eligible to receive an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine and have questions, please contact your health care provider to discuss what's right for you and your health.

    COVID-19 vaccines are easy to get and are available at a variety of settings, including most pharmacies. Please note that many care sites don’t accept walk-ins for vaccines. Please call ahead to confirm availability and to schedule an appointment, if needed.