COVID-19 Vaccine


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older while individuals 5 -15 years of age remain under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

In addition, the CDC and DHS are recommending a 3rd vaccine dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals which is also under the EUA. Most recently, the CDC has recommended a booster shot for anyone age 18 years and older.

We are now scheduling Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (Comirnaty) Vaccines. If you fit within the criteria
noted below and would like to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (Comirnaty) Vaccine,
please call us at 920-623-1415 to schedule an appointment.

 

DHS Eligible Groups

ALL INDIVIDUALS 5 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER 

DHS has accepted the CDC recommendation for adolescents ages 5-11 to be eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. This means all individuals 5 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (the FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older while individuals 5 -15 years of age remain under EUA).

If you are the parent/legal guardian of a child 5-17 years of age who would like your child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please call us at 920-623-1415 to schedule an appointment. Please note that all individuals 5-17 years of age must have parental/legal guardian provide consent for them to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine and must have a parent/legal guardian present during the appointment.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine for children please visit the CDC or DHS website. 

BOOSTER SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS 12 AND OLDER

The CDC and DHS recommends:

  • Everyone 12 and older SHOULD get a Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot.
Individuals receiving a booster shot must have:

  • Received 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 5 months after administration of the second dose

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, please be sure to talk to your health care provider about whether you need to get an additional dose and whether you will need to pause your treatment or medication before or after getting an additional dose of the vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine booster please visit the CDC or DHS website. 

3RD DOSE FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS

The CDC and DHS recommended an additional, 3rd dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals under the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). 

Individuals are eligible to receive an additional (3rd) dose if they have:

  • Received 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 28 days after administration of the second dose
  • Is moderately to severely immunocompromised, meaning the individual is actively/has:
    • Receiving cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Undergoing treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response
    • Received an organ transplant and is taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or is taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection

If individuals are:

  • actively undergoing cancer treatment
  • had a solid organ transplantation or are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise

The individual will need to receive an order from his/her appropriate care team before scheduling an appointment.

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, please be sure to talk to your health care provider about whether you need to get an additional dose and whether you will need to pause your treatment or medication before or after getting an additional dose of the vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals please visit the CDC or DHS websites.


The Vaccine

At Prairie Ridge Health, we are currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is:

  • FDA approved Full Authorization for individuals 16 years of age and older
  • FDA approved Emergency use authorization (EUA) for
    • Individuals 12-15 years of age
    • A 3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals
    • A booster for 65+, those living in a long-term care facility, individuals with underlying health conditions, & those high-risk due to occupational & institutional exposure
  • An mRNA vaccine
  • NOT a live virus
  • Injected into the upper arm (intramuscular injection)
  • Given in 2 doses, spaced 3 weeks apart. If you receive one dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, you should receive a second dose of this same vaccine within the allotted time frame (doses can be given 17-25 days apart if needed).
  • A 3rd dose is recommended at least 28 days after the 2nd dose for patients who are immunocompromised (under EUA)
  • Common side effects include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site pain, injection site redness, nausea, feeling unwell, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). These symptoms are temporary and tend to only last 24-48 hours.

Receiving the vaccine is your choice. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed by helping your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without becoming seriously ill. The goal of vaccinating is to stop the spread of COVID-19 to others whose immune systems may not be able to handle the virus. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines are in addition to, not in replacement of, the preventative measures already in place. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, hand washing, and staying at least 6 feet away from others help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

Learn More about the COVID Vaccine


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COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
What to Expect at Your COVID-19 Vaccination Visit
When Vaccine Supply is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?
8 Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
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FAQ about COVID-19 Vaccination
CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination