WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO GET A VACCINE?
- Everyone in Wisconsin age *5 and older is able to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
- Everyone in Wisconsin age 18 and older is able to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
*The CDC recommends that children and adolescents age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children and adolescents age 5 and up, as a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart. The dose for children age 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for older adolescents and adults.
The vaccine is safe and effective. Before being authorized for children, scientists and medical experts completed their review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials of thousands of children. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was rigorously tested and reviewed, and more than 11 million adolescents ages 12-17 have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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WHO SHOULD GET BOOSTER OR ADDITIONAL DOSES?
|Everyone ages 12 and older is recommended to get a booster dose for the best protection against COVID-19 and circulating variants.
If you are eligible, you can get your COVID-19 booster dose:
If you are 18 years or older, you can choose which vaccine you get as a booster dose, no matter which vaccine you got in your primary series. CDC recommends people receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (like Pfizer or Moderna) over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, 12 through 17-year-olds are only allowed to receive a Pfizer vaccine booster dose.Click here for more information.
|People whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should get an ADDITIONAL DOSE of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 weeks after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Children 5 though 11 years of age who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second dose to maximize potential benefit from vaccination.
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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.
Vaccination is the best way to protect children age 5 and older from COVID-19. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, it is still possible.
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WHICH VACCINES HAVE BEEN APPROVED?
The FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 5 through 15 years of age and for the administration of additional or booster doses in certain individuals. The Moderna and Jonhson & Johnson vaccines are available under emergency use authorizations (EUAs).
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:
- Pack a mask when you leave your home. There are some settings where everyone, even if fully vaccinated, should continue to wear masks:
- Health care settings
- K-12 schools, including school buses
- Places where masks are required by local or tribal laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces
- Areas with substantial to high community transmission
- Correctional and detention facilities and homeless shelters
- All forms of public transportation (including planes, buses, and trains) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
- Get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms. You should also wear a mask in public indoor spaces following close contact or until you receive a negative test result. If you result is positive, isolate from others.
- Get tested and isolate from others if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Follow recommendations for domestic and international travel.
|VACCINE GUIDANCE FOR ALL BUSINESSES
Employers can play an important role in supporting COVID-19 vaccination. Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
- 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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