COVID-19 Vaccine Available for People Age 5 & Older

COVID-19 vaccines are available for free to anyone who lives in the US and is 5 years of age or older. University of Utah Health is currently offering the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (FDA-approved for people ages 16 and older and authorized for use in children ages 5 to 15).

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Vaccine Information for People Who Are Immunocompromised

The CDC has updated COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot recommendations for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals (see CDC list for qualifying medical conditions). If you're immunocompromised, we recommend talking to your specialty provider first to determine if an additional dose or booster shot is needed at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Utah

To find another vaccine provider near you, visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233.

To learn more about the different kinds of vaccines, view our COVID-19 vaccine infographic.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

If you're age 18 or older, you can choose a different COVID-19 vaccine for your booster shot than the one you received originally, according to CDC recommendations. However, the CDC recommends either of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for first and second booster shots in most cases. This is due to the risk of adverse side effects from the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. You may consider receiving Janssen if you have a severe allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines. See the CDC website for a list of ingredients in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

You do not need a doctor’s note or medical documentation to get a booster shot. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Recommendations

If you received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, you should receive your first booster if:
  • you are 12 and older and
  • received your second dose at least five months ago.
You may receive your second booster if:
  • you are 50 and older and
  • received your first booster shot at least four months ago.
If you received the Moderna vaccine, you should receive your first booster if:
  • you are 18 and older and
  • received your second dose at least five months ago.
You may receive your second booster if:
  • you are 50 and older and
  • received your first booster shot at least four months ago.
If you received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, your first booster should be an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna) unless you are severely allergic to mRNA vaccines or in other specific situations. You should receive a first booster if:
  • you are 18 and older and
  • received the vaccine at least two months ago.
The second booster must be an mRNA vaccine. You may receive your second booster if:
  • you are 50 and older and
  • received your first booster shot at least four months ago.

If you're 12 and older and are moderately or severely immunocompromised, see the CDC's recommendations for booster shot timelines.

Where to Get Your Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are free and readily available in retail pharmacies and local health departments throughout Utah. We encourage you to find a vaccine provider near you by visiting vaccines.gov, coronavirus.utah.gov, or call 1-800-232-0233.

U of U Health patients ages 5 and older can get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or booster (if eligible). Patients can schedule an appointment for themselves or their children by:

  • logging into MyChart (see scheduling instructions)—this excludes booster shots at this time,
  • calling 801-587-0712 or (toll-free) 844-745-9325, or
  • asking their provider at their next clinic visit.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and side effects

What to Expect at Your Appointment

What to Bring

As a precaution, we require everyone to wear a face mask at all of our U of U Health locations. We also recommend wearing a short sleeve shirt so you can easily receive the vaccine in your upper arm.

During the Appointment

Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. You will need two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine scheduled at least 21-28 days apart for full protection.

We will schedule you for your second dose during your first appointment. You will also receive a vaccination card listing the date of your dose and type of vaccine you received. Please keep your vaccination card in a safe place and bring it with you to your second appointment.

After your vaccination, you will be asked to wait 15 minutes. During that time, you will be monitored for symptoms or allergic reactions. People with a history of severe allergic reactions will be asked to wait 30 minutes. Our health care staff will be available on-site to answer questions or provide care, if needed.

Vaccine Cost

COVID-19 vaccine will be given to everyone at no out-of-pocket cost. However, your insurance company will be billed an administrative fee to cover vaccination operations costs. For those without insurance coverage, assistance programs will cover the administrative fee. Nobody will be denied a vaccine if they can’t afford to pay.

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