Pneumonia (Pneumococcal or PCV Vaccine)

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How are CVS Pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® different?

At the pharmacy, vaccinations for adolescents through seniors are administered by a certified immunization‐trained pharmacist. Age and state restrictions apply. No appointment necessary.

At MinuteClinic, vaccinations for children (18 months and older in most states) all the way through seniors are administered by a nurse practicioner or a physician associate.* No appointment necessary.

Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)

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No‐cost pneumonia shots with most insurance*

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can affect people of all ages. It can cause mild to severe illness. People who get pneumonia can be at higher risk for hospitalization and death, especially those with certain underlying medical conditions.

What causes pneumonia?

Viruses, bacteria and fungi can all cause pneumonia. In the United States, common causes of viral pneumonia are influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). A common cause of bacterial pneumonia is streptococcus pneumoniae. However, clinicians are not always able to find out which organism caused the pneumonia infection.

What about the pneumonia vaccine?

Prevnar 13 is a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) that protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

Pneumovax 23 is a pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) that protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

Once vaccinated, most healthy adults develop protection to most or all of these types within two to three weeks.

Who should get the pneumonia vaccine?

For information on pneumonia vaccination recommendations, visit:

Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait?

When should someone get a pneumonia vaccine?

The pneumonia vaccination age can depend in part on risk. Generally, children under 15 months and adults age 65 years and older should get vaccinated. However, there is a catch-up schedule available for children through 4 years of age.

Pneumonia vaccine side effects

Some of the most common side effects that may occur are muscle pain, fatigue, headache, and redness or pain at the site of the vaccination.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumonia Can Be Prevented ‐‐ Vaccines Can Help. Last updated October 22, 2020. Available at Accessed September 22, 2021.

*for vaccination availability: Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply. See Immunization Scheduler for details.

*in select markets only: In select states. Visit for details.

*for no‐cost pneumonia shots: Pneumonia shots available when immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic® practitioner is on duty, while supplies last. Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan. A prescription may be needed in certain states.