COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Who is eligible to get a vaccine?
- Everyone 6 months and older should get all doses in their COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in most situations.
- Everyone 5 years and older needs an updated (bivalent) booster dose to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. The updated booster gives you increased protection against Omicron variants which cause most of the current COVID-19 cases.
- COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.
Who should get booster doses?
Guidance for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised
If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Your immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. That means you should get all the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses recommended for you, when eligible. Click here for additional information.
Why do we need a vaccine?
Updates from the CDC show that vaccines are working in the real world. Available evidence suggests the currently approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalization and death for a variety of strains.
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What vaccines are available?
Four COVID-19 vaccines are approved or authorized in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen). It’s recommended that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine only be considered in some situations.
Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination, and provide broader protection against newer variants. The updated, or bivalent boosters, target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of Omicron. Click here for more information.
Your vaccination card has information on when and where you received your vaccine as well as other helpful information related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Keep your card in a safe place and be sure to bring your card with when receiving additional COVID-19 vaccine doses (if needed). You may also want to take a picture of your card or make a photo copy if able.
What can I expect after getting the vaccine?
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. Click here for more information.
What you should still do:
- Wear a mask in counties with High COVID-19 Community Levels. Continue to wear a mask in public settings if it makes you feel safer.
- Get tested if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or are exposed to COVID-19.
- Stay home and follow instructions for isolation if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for domestic and international travel.
|Vaccine guidance for businesses:
Employers can play an important role in supporting COVID-19 vaccination. Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
- See the Community Partner COVID-19 Vaccine Information on this page for additional vaccination options.
- Use Vaccines.gov to Find a Vaccine Provider Near You!
- Visit the DHS website with any vaccine-related questions.
- Click here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.
- Click here for more information on COVID-19 Cases Among Fully Vaccinated and Not Fully Vaccinated People.
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