At AHN, we’re doing all we can to get shots into the arms of those who need them. With multiple locations and walk-in clinics, scheduling your very first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine — or getting your booster — is simple and easy.
Right now, COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available and recommended for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
This means you can schedule your booster today:
The FDA, with support from the CDC, recently authorized a “mix-and-match” approach to boosters — meaning you can get your initial vaccine from one manufacturer and your booster from another.
Keep this in mind when booking your booster. If you fall into one of the eligibility categories above, you can receive any of the three approved vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson.
Yes, that’s true. The FDA gave emergency use authorization for all three vaccines — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — to be used as boosters.
Right now, boosters are available and recommended for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
To provide better protection against COVID-19 and its variants, the CDC recommends that people get the booster as soon as they’re eligible.
Once you’ve completed your initial vaccine series, you can “mix and match” your booster from any of the three approved manufacturers — Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson.
For example, if it’s been six months since you received your second dose of the Moderna vaccine, you could receive a booster from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson.
Yes. The mix-and-match approach has been studied and proven safe and effective. Initial data shows that switching manufacturers between the initial series and booster raised Coronavirus antibody levels. Switching manufacturers also did not cause any notable side effects.
If you qualify, you can book your booster with AHN right now.
All AHN primary care offices are also offering boosters. Call your doctor’s office directly to book.
A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine. Boosters are given when the initial protection of a vaccine begins to weaken.
If you’re immunocompromised and received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, you should receive your booster at least 28 days after your second dose.
If you received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and you are 18 years or older, you should receive your booster six months after your second dose.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it has been at least two months, you should receive your booster. This also applies if you’re immunocompromised.
It could. The guidance on boosters is evolving rapidly. The FDA and CDC are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and making eligibility recommendations based on the vaccine data they receive. As new research and information becomes available, the current booster recommendations may change. Check back often for updates.
It doesn’t have to be. According to the CDC, if you’re eligible for a booster, you can choose from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, no matter which shot(s) you received initially — even if you’re immunocompromised.
Yes, they are eligible to receive the booster. Chat with the child’s care team before scheduling.
Immunocompromised people are typically those who have received an organ transplant or have another condition that weakens their immune systems. In particular, most immunocompromised folks fall into one of these specific categories:
If you think you qualify, chat with your health care team about when you should receive your booster.
Coronavirus is a serious disease with life-threatening consequences. We don’t know the potential long-term effects of Coronavirus and what that could mean for children as they grow.
The COVID-19 vaccine is scientifically proven to protect your child from Coronavirus and minimize symptoms should your child contract the virus. It’s also the best way to slow the spread within our communities, keep our schools safe, and protect other at-risk family members — like newborns and grandparents.
If you’re an existing AHN Pediatrics patient, call your specific office to schedule your child’s vaccination appointment.
If you’re an existing AHN family medicine patient, call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
If you’re not an existing AHN patient, check our online scheduler for upcoming clinics, call your specific pediatric office, or visit a local pharmacy.
Right now, the FDA has only given emergency use authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer completed clinical trials with this age group and submitted data for approval. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be available in the future.
Yes. Just like the adult version, two doses, three weeks apart, will be necessary. Adolescents aged 12-18 will receive the same dosage as adults, while children ages 5-11 will receive a smaller dosage.
There currently isn’t enough data to support authorization of the vaccine to kids 4 years old and younger. As additional clinical trials are completed, this group could be eligible for the vaccine at a later date.
It’s possible that kids who get a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for a booster in the future. For the time being, book your child’s first dose and stay tuned for additional booster information.
Like adults, vaccine trial participants noted mild to moderate side effects such as arm soreness, feeling lethargic, chills, fever, achy muscles, and joint pain. These side effects are a sign that the body is having a strong immune response to the vaccine, and some people don’t have any side effects at all. If your child has a history of allergies, please speak to your pediatrician.
To help with these side effects, you can give your child ibuprofen (like Advil), antihistamines, or acetaminophen (like Tylenol). Talk to your pediatrician about what’s most appropriate for your child based on their age and weight. Giving your child pain relievers before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended.
The COVID-19 vaccine does not affect your child’s other immunizations. In fact, children can receive other vaccines at the same time — including a flu shot. Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s specific immunization schedule.
In most cases, yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to keep your child safe from Coronavirus — and is especially important for people with high-risk medical conditions. Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s specific medical history and getting vaccinated.
Yes. Just like adults, all individuals — even those who previously had Coronavirus — should be vaccinated. The immunity gained from the vaccine may be longer-lasting than natural immunity from the infection.
Please continue to follow the safety guidelines outlined in your local community or school district. Until all children receive their vaccines, wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands regularly is still necessary to help slow the spread.
You can get your COVID-19 vaccine free of charge at many convenient locations — your AHN doctor’s office, other AHN facilities, or at your local pharmacy. If you'd like to schedule with AHN, use our online scheduling tool or call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677.
Yes, in most cases you’ll need to schedule an appointment first. To book with AHN, use our online scheduling tool or call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677. You may also reach out to local pharmacies or other providers to schedule.
The vaccine is free to all Americans.
The vaccine itself is paid for through funding authorized by the CARES Act. However, the administration of the vaccine by a health care provider is paid for by your insurance carrier.
Providers are prohibited, by agreement with the U.S. government, from billing patients for the vaccine or its administration, including balance billing.
The vaccine is still free of charge. Providers are prohibited, by agreement with the U.S. government, from billing patients for the vaccine or its administration, including balance billing.
No, a prescription or doctor order isn't necessary to receive the vaccine.
Coronavirus is a serious, life-threatening virus. It has infected millions of people worldwide and continues to pose a threat to our livelihood. Vaccinating is the safest, most effective way to build protection against this virus. If everyone makes an effort to vaccinate, we can work toward the population developing “herd immunity.” Ultimately, this will slow the spread.
If we all do our part and receive a vaccine when it’s available to us, we can work together to eradicate Coronavirus. Learn more about vaccine safety from the CDC.
Absolutely. Getting vaccinated isn’t only about you — it’s about your family, friends, and community. The vaccine has been proven to protect against COVID-19, and even when a vaccinated person does become symptomatic — a breakthrough infection — that person is far less likely to experience severe symptoms.
By getting vaccinated, you’re protecting our most vulnerable populations: children who are too young to receive the vaccine and those who have diseases that prevent them from being fully protected. By receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you’re doing your part to keep our society safe and healthy.
Yes, until most of the country is vaccinated, you should still follow recommended safety practices — wear a mask, socially distance, and frequently wash your hands. Remember, no vaccine is 100% effective, so we must all do our part to avoid breakthrough infections and protect those who cannot, or refuse, to get vaccinated.
Yes, the vaccine is still recommended. Some antibody tests are not specific enough to guarantee that you actually had Coronavirus. Also, it appears that the vaccine offers longer and more comprehensive immunity against COVID-19 variants.
Yes, the vaccine is still recommended. Current data suggests that the immunity gained from the vaccine is longer-lasting than natural immunity from the infection.
Yes. The flu shot is a great way to protect yourself from the seasonal flu. However, it will not protect you from Coronavirus.
The vaccine has been proven effective in protecting against Coronavirus and slowing the spread of the virus. Because of this scientific evidence, many companies are now mandating that employees get vaccinated to keep everyone safe and businesses operating smoothly.
As a health network, AHN sees the undeniable value in the COVID-19 vaccine and strongly encourages all our employees to get it — barring a religious or medical exemption.
Getting the vaccine is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and the community. You can help bring an end to the pandemic.
Absolutely. All three vaccines have gone through rigorous testing and have been approved for use in several other countries worldwide. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has received full FDA approval. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous standards for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
No different than someone receiving a chickenpox or measles vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect against Coronavirus and keep everyone as safe as possible.
That’s correct. The FDA initially gave the vaccines what’s called Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). With millions of Coronavirus cases in the United States alone, EUA was given to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible.
EUA does not mean that safety was compromised or that the vaccine somehow skipped deep analysis and testing. It simply means that this vaccine was prioritized above all others and that multiple steps worked in parallel together. It was a collaborative, all-in effort by the FDA to address this public health crisis and keep our communities safe.
That’s right — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been granted full FDA approval for administration to anyone 16 and up. Read more about the approval here. Other manufacturers are going through a similar process to receive full FDA approval.
Vaccine trial participants noted mild to moderate side effects — like soreness at the injection site, feeling lethargic, chills, fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain. While some of those side effects may seem extreme, it’s actually quite encouraging. It means that your body has a strong immune response to the vaccine.
Some people have also experienced allergic reactions. If you have a history of allergies, speak with your doctor first.
No, you cannot get Coronavirus from the COVID-19 vaccine. It does not contain the virus.
Keep in mind, no vaccine is 100% effective. However, your chances of contracting Coronavirus, or developing severe symptoms if you do, drastically decrease after receiving the vaccine.
Absolutely, yes. All major OB-GYN medical groups recommend COVID-19 vaccination prior to or during pregnancy. We now know that COVID-19 infection can be very severe in pregnant women, potentially leading to complications for both the mother and unborn baby. Discuss any concerns you may have with your OB-GYN and book your vaccine.
Yes. On April 23, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommended that the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be lifted, and distribution of the vaccine be resumed.
After a thorough safety review, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this version of the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and that the benefits far outweigh any potential risks.
On April 13, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommended that administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine be paused.
This halt was done out of an abundance of caution after six female recipients, between age 18 and 48, developed a rare blood clot disorder — known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis — within about two weeks of vaccination.
Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and this blood clot disorder appears to be extremely rare.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider or seek immediate medical attention. Do not delay receiving care if you have any of these symptoms.
There are currently three manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. To learn more about each vaccine, how it's made and efficacy rates, take a look at this helpful resource from the CDC.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's vaccines are a new generation of vaccine called mRNA. mRNA vaccines are hardly a new idea — they have been under development for almost 20 years. Learn exactly what that means here.
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, and you can read about how that works here.
To be effective, Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine will be given in two separate doses, 21 days apart, with a two-day leeway on either end. That means you need to receive your second dose between 19 and 23 days after your first.
The Moderna vaccine is similar. It will be given in two separate doses, in this case, 28 days apart. When the vaccine is available to you, it's important you take the time to get both doses.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine. It is administered once.
Yes, in some cases, you can. Many pharmacies and doctors’ offices will list which vaccine and vaccine manufacturer is available. Feel free to ask before getting your shot.
With our supply, AHN facilities are mostly offering Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Moderna vaccines are more limited.
AHN offers vaccine and booster appointments at multiple locations throughout the community. We are prepared to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we can.