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Getting vaccinated at CVS Pharmacy®

  • More than 9,000 locations
  • Can vaccinate age 5 and up in most states
  • Vaccination performed by a certified immunizer2
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Getting vaccinated at MinuteClinic® 3

  • More than 1,100 locations
  • Can vaccinate age 18 months and up
  • Vaccination performed by nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse or physician associates4
  • Private exam room setting

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Flu and COVID-19 are two different viruses and require two different vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends both vaccines and says it’s safe to receive them at the same time. 5

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What is a bivalent booster, and why should I get one?

The updated booster targets Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, and the original strain of the COVID-19 virus, in a single shot. It can help provide protection for you, your family and friends.

When can I get a bivalent booster?

The bivalent vaccines have been authorized for use as a single booster dose at least two months after the primary vaccination series. Also, the CDC has said that COVID-19 vaccinations may be co-administered with the flu vaccination.

What are my choices for a bivalent booster?

CDC recommends one updated (bivalent) booster dose:

For everyone aged 5 years and older if it has been at least 2 months since your last dose. For children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna primary series and if it has been at least 2 months since their last dose. There is no booster recommendation for children aged 6 months–4 years who got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine primary series.

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CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule

For both non-immunocompromised and moderately to severely immunocompromised patients

Updated as of January 10, 2023. Refer to the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information

Pfizer-BioNTech general vaccine schedule for non-immunocompromised patients

Ages 6 months to 4 years
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 2 months after second dose
Age 5
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Pfizer-BioNTech Booster
    At least 2 months after second dose

At least 2 months after 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose or last booster, children aged 5 years can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

Age 6 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Booster7
    At least 2 months after second dose

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine schedule for moderately to severely immunocompromised patients

Ages 6 months to 4 years
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 2 months after second dose
Age 5
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 28 days after second dose
  4. Pfizer-BioNTech Booster
    At least 2 months after third dose

At least 2 months after 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose or last booster, children aged 5 years can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

Age 6 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 28 days after second dose
  4. Booster7
    At least 2 months after third dose

Moderna general vaccine schedule for non-immunocompromised patients

Ages 6 months to 4 years
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Moderna Booster
    At least 2 months after second dose

At least 2 months after 2nd Moderna dose, children aged 6 months through 4 years can only get a Moderna booster.

Age 5 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Booster7
    At least 2 months after second dose

Moderna vaccine schedule for moderately to severely immunocompromised patients

Ages 6 months to 4 years
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 28 days after second dose
  4. Moderna Booster
    At least 2 months after third dose

At least 2 months after 2nd dose, children aged 6 months through 4 years can only get a Moderna updated (bivalent) booster.

Age 5 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Second Dose6
    21 days after first dose
  3. Third Dose
    At least 28 days after second dose
  4. Booster7
    At least 2 months after third dose

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)8 general vaccine schedule for non-immunocompromised patients

Age 18 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Booster7 (mRNA vaccine)
    At least 2 months after first dose

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)8 vaccine schedule for moderately to severely immunocompromised patients

Age 18 and up
  1. First Dose
  2. Additional mRNA Dose9
    At least 28 days after first dose
  3. Booster7
    At least 2 months after additional dose

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Why get the COVID-19 vaccine from CVS Health®?

  • CVS Health has administered over 59 million COVID-19 vaccines to date
  • We have years of experience safely administering vaccines, such as those for flu, shingles and pneumonia
  • We offer easy and convenient online scheduling options so you can schedule both required doses at the same time

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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

CVS.com and the CVS Pharmacy app will be updated to reflect active vaccinating CVS Pharmacy locations and MinuteClinic.com for MinuteClinic locations, as inventory arrives.

Yes. Patients may visit CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app to schedule an appointment for an updated COVID-19 booster. Patients will also have the option to schedule other vaccines during an appointment, including flu.

The updated COVID-19 booster vaccine will be administered as a single dose at least two months following the completion of the primary dose series or at least two months after having received the previously available monovalent booster vaccine. (Ages 5+ for Pfizer-BioNTech and ages 6 months+ for Moderna)

People who have completed any COVID-19 vaccine primary vaccination series or any number of prior COVID-19 vaccine monovalent booster doses will be able to receive a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, if eligible based on age and interval since last dose.

No. Per guidance from the FDA and CDC, the bivalent COVID-19 booster may only be administered two months after a patient completes their initial primary series or two months after the patient’s most recent monovalent booster dose. Per FDA authorization, the previously available monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for individuals 5 years of age and older. The updated booster cannot be used for the primary series at this time.

Yes. At this time the updated booster is available at no cost to any eligible patient either through insurance or if uninsured.

A bivalent vaccine is created to generate an immune response against two different antigens, or viruses. In this case, the updated vaccine includes an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.

Yes. According to the CDC, children may receive the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time they are receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to stagger vaccinations. Additionally, if a child has already received a flu shot, they can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at any time. We are awaiting CDC guidance for the coadministration of the flu and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children age 4 and under.

The FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. As of August 23, 2021, the FDA has issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use with individuals ages 16 and over, and as of January 31, 2022 has issued full approval for the Moderna vaccine for use in individuals ages 18 and over.

The previously issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 6 months to 15 years), Moderna (for ages 6 months to 17 years) and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen remain in effect. An EUA gives the FDA authority to allow unapproved medical products to be used in emergencies when no approved alternatives are available. Other COVID-19 vaccines are in development and will be reviewed by the FDA under EUA. Find the current status of the vaccine approvals and EUAs.

The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, but how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. The CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

Vaccines remain the best way to reduce your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Masks offer protection against all variants. CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.  

For more information, visit the CDC’s page on variants.

Pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are available at select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations. We recommend parents and guardians check the CVS website to find locations near them with available appointments.

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Yes, a parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration on the CVS website for minors seeking the COVID-19 vaccine. An adult must accompany children ages 12–15 to the appointment at CVS Pharmacy, but does not need to accompany teens ages 16 and older, unless required by local or state law.

CVS Health immunizers include pharmacists, pharmacy interns and trained pharmacy technicians, as well as other qualified health care professionals depending on each state’s specific regulations. All CVS Health immunizers are certified according to company requirements, trained in the administration of immunizations, and hold an active CPR certification.

At this time, our CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations that are currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations have either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Patients will be able to see which CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic location has which vaccine and appointment availability on the CVS website or MinuteClinic website before scheduling. Depending on which vaccine you receive, you will be prompted to schedule a second dose if needed.

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According to the CDC, you may have some side effects following the COVID-19 vaccine but are generally mild and resolve on their own. Common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where you got the shot, and fever, chills, tiredness and headache throughout the rest of your body.

CVS Health immunizers are trained in the safe administration of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the FDA, including identifying and treating allergic reactions. The vaccination procedures include a patient screening checklist to assess the risk of reaction. All patients are monitored for 15 minutes after administration of the injection, or longer for people with a history of severe allergic reactions. Our immunizers are equipped with appropriate medications, such as epinephrine and antihistamines. Further information on COVID-19 Vaccines and allergic reactions can be found here.

Yes. As of September 2021, the CDC is strongly recommending that people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC recommendations align with those from professional medical organizations serving people who are pregnant, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine along with many other professional medical organizations. When unvaccinated pregnant people contract COVID-19, they may experience severe disease and higher rates of hospitalization, ICU admission and death than non-pregnant people. More information about COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant is available here.

At this time, you may only access your own vaccination records or those of your minor children. Any patient age 18 or older must create their own account to access their vaccination records.

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Check your email for the COVID-19 vaccination record if both the following conditions apply:

  • The minor was vaccinated at CVS Pharmacy®
  • An email address was provided at scheduling/check-in

A record of the vaccination should have been immediately sent to that address. It would have been sent from the email address Pharmacy@Notification.CVSHealth.com with a subject line of “For Your Records.”

  1. Sign in to your CVS account or create an account if you do not have one. (You may first have to verify your identity if you have not done so in the past.)
  2. Go to:
    1. Pharmacy
    2. Pharmacy Settings
    3. Manage Family Members
    4. Add a person
  3. To add your minor, we first need to locate their pharmacy records by using their patient information or a prescription number.
    1. Quick tip: The prescription (Rx) number can be found on any prescription bottle, as well as on the vaccination confirmation email referenced in the previous question (“How do I view my minor child’s vaccination records?”) with the subject line “For your records.”
  4. Once the pharmacy records are found, you will be asked to confirm that you are the parent or legal guardian.
  5. Once you confirm: Success! Your minor child’s Rx records are now available for viewing online.

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If you’re trying to view your minor child’s vaccination record, view or create an account at Care.CVS.com.

  • Log in with your CVS account details
  • You may be asked to verify your identity before you can view your child’s record
  • Once you have logged in and verified your identity, visit “Vaccinations” on the webpage.

MinuteClinic clinics are supplied with the monovalent and bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 18 months to 4 years of age and can administer both vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages five through 11 years is administered as a two-dose monovalent primary series, three weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). Patients aged 5-11 who are immunocompromised should receive an additional (3rd) monovalent primary dose 4 weeks after their 2nd monovalent primary dose and then a bivalent booster dose 2 months after completing the primary series (3 doses) or after receiving a previously approved monovalent booster dose. All other non-immunocompromised patients aged 5-11 can receive a bivalent booster 2 months after completing their monovalent primary series (2 doses) or after receiving a previously approved monovalent booster dose.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children six months to 4 years of age is administered as a three-dose primary series, with the first two doses 3 to 8 weeks apart and the third dose at least 8 weeks later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a COVID-19 vaccination schedule infographic for people who are NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised and a COVID-19 vaccine schedule infographic for people who ARE moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Per CDC guidance, children ages 6 months to 4 years who completed the Moderna primary series are recommended to receive 1 bivalent Moderna booster dose. Children ages 6 months to 4 years who received the 1st and 2nd dose of the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech primary series are recommended to receive a bivalent 3rd dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Booster doses for children ages 6 months to 4 years who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series are not currently authorized.

MinuteClinic at this time only offers the Bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 18 months through 4 years of age. 

Children ages 6 months to 4 years who have completed the 3-dose Pfizer-BioNTech primary series with monovalent vaccine cannot get an additional dose of bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. According to the CDC, only children in this age group who have not yet received the third Pfizer-BioNTech primary dose are recommended to receive a bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech dose as the third primary dose.

Please consult the CDC’s Summary Document for Interim Clinical Considerations for use of COVID-19 vaccines. For additional guidance and questions, reach out to your pediatrician.

Pediatric patients ages 18 months through 4 years of age should not receive a mixed dose in this series. Please consult your pediatrician if your child received a mixed dose.

Disclaimers:

  • 1 FOR COVID-19 VACCINE COST: The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available at select CVS Pharmacy® locations and is no cost with most insurance plans or for those uninsured.

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  • 2 FOR VACCINE ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES: All CVS Health certified immunizers are trained in the administration of vaccines and hold an active CPR certification.

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  • 3 FOR MINUTECLINIC AVAILABILITY: Vaccine available at select MinuteClinic® locations.

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  • 4 FOR PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES: In select states. Visit MinuteClinic.com for details.

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  • 5 FOR FLU AND COVID-19 VACCINE: Flu and COVID vaccines available when a certified immunizer is on duty. Age restrictions apply. Available at most CVS Pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® locations. No-cost flu and COVID-19 vaccines with most insurance plans. COVID-19 vaccine is no-cost for those uninsured.

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  • 6 FOR SECOND PRIMARY DOSE: An 8-week interval may be optimal for some people age 12 and older, especially for males ages 12 to 39. A shorter interval (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech; 4 weeks for Moderna) between the first and second doses remains the recommended interval for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised; adults age 65 and older; and others who need rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or risk of severe disease.

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  • 7 FOR BOOSTER DOSE: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna bivalent boosters are preferred vaccines for a booster dose.

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  • 8 FOR JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JANSSEN): The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is not available at CVS Pharmacy® or MinuteClinic®.

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  • 9 FOR ADDITIONAL DOSE: Only Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be used.

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  • 10 FOR NO-COST TESTING: No cost with most insurance; please check with your insurer for details. Patients without insurance can receive no-cost testing at many CVS Pharmacy® locations through the federal government’s Increasing Community Access to Testing Program.

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