For more information on how to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine (First Dose, Third Dose, or Booster Dose) at IHA or St. Joe's Medical Group, visit the link below.Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine
On November 2, 2021, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use for children ages 5-11. It is a 2-dose series taken three weeks apart. Each dose will be 1/3 the dosage of the adolescent/adult vaccine.
The vaccine for children ages 5-11 years is effective:
There are questions about the need for additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read below to learn more about the difference between a booster shot and a third dose and the eligibility for each.
A COVID-19 booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine given after the protection provided by the initial dose naturally begins to decrease over time. The booster is designed to help people maintain their level of immunity for longer.
The CDC now recommends booster shots at five months after completing the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 12 and older.
You do not need to go back to the same IHA office you received your previous vaccines for boosters and third doses. Appointment availability may be limited at some practices. If you have trouble finding an appointment, you can visit the CDC Vaccine Finder website: www.vaccines.gov.
IHA is offering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccines and have a qualifying medical condition, based on FDA and CDC guidance.
Based on CDC recommendations, third vaccine doses are available now for people who are considered moderately or severely immunosuppressed and those:
Any person who fits the above criteria can receive a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as soon as 28 days after their second dose. If you are not sure whether you fit into any of these categories, please contact your medical provider.
An FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine designed to prevent the COVID-19 virus is the best hope for ending the pandemic. We know there are still many questions and concerns regarding these vaccines. That's why IHA and St. Joe's Medical Group remain committed to keeping you and our communities informed and educated as major developments occur.
More information is available about coronavirus on the State of Michigan coronavirus website.
If you have additional questions, you can reach the State's COVID Hotline at 1.888.535.6136.
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