Updated April 8, 2022

Keep the following in mind when you go to your vaccination appointment:

Check with Your Provider

If you scheduled a vaccination appointment with your provider, make sure to contact them to discuss any questions you may have about office procedures or billing before your visit.

Cost

Administration Fee

The federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee for first, second and third doses, and booster doses. An administration fee is the fee healthcare providers charge to give the vaccine. You should not be charged out-of-pocket costs or receive a bill from your provider for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is true if you have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or if you do not have insurance.

Office Visit Fee

You should not be charged for an office visit for receiving the vaccine only. If you plan to have other services performed, you may be charged for an office visit. Seek clarification from your provider beforehand and from your insurance company if you are charged an office visit fee.

See our FAQ for more information.

Timing with Other Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated guidance on timing with other vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines can now be given without regard to timing of administration of other vaccines. People can now get the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of other vaccines, including on the same day. For example, you can get the influenza vaccine (your flu shot) at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

What to Bring

Be sure to check with the clinic to make sure you have everything you need. You may be asked to bring your photo ID (or proof of residence) and fill out a consent form. If you are receiving your second dose, you may be asked to bring proof of vaccination.

For Minors:

Make sure to check with the clinic first regarding vaccination policies for children 12 – 15 years of age, including what is required in terms of documentation of a parent or legal guardian’s consent.

Expect to Wait 15 Minutes After Vaccination

After you receive your vaccination, the clinic will ask you to stay for 15-30 minutes to monitor for potential allergic reactions. See our FAQ for more information.

Schedule Your Next Dose

If you received your first dose of a two-dose vaccine, make sure to schedule your second dose before you leave. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.*

*If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you may also be eligible for an additional dose of vaccine. See our FAQ and search for “third dose” or visit the CDC’s website to learn more.

Fact sheet: What’s the difference between a booster dose and a third dose?

Find Out When to Get a Booster Dose

Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for use by the FDA and recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for certain age groups.

Find out when to get your booster based on which vaccine you received for your first dose(s):

If You Received Pfizer

First Booster Dose

Everyone 12 years and older should get a booster at least five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Second Booster Dose

People ages 50 and older may get a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

If You Received Moderna

First Booster Dose

Everyone 18 years and older should get a booster at least five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Second Booster Dose

People ages 50 and older may get a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

If You Received Johnson & Johnson

First Booster Dose

Everyone 18 years and older should get a booster at least two months after getting their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Second Booster Dose

Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for both their primary and booster doses may receive a second booster. Additionally, people ages 50 and older may also get a second booster dose, regardless of the type of vaccine they received for their first booster. Eligible individuals may receive their second booster at least four months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Additional Doses and Second Booster Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals

If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you may be eligible for an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) after completing two doses of an mRNA vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. You are also eligible to receive a booster dose following your first two or three doses received as part of your primary series.

If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna)

  • Get a third dose of an mRNA vaccine 28 days after your second dose and a booster dose at least three months after completing your first three doses

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  • Get a second dose of mRNA vaccine 28 days after your first dose and a booster dose two months later.

Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may also choose to receive a second booster (fifth) dose of an mRNA vaccine at least four months after their first booster. Teens ages 12–17 years may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.

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Keep Your Vaccination Card or Sign Up to Access Records Online

Keep your vaccination paper card. You may need it as proof of vaccination for your second dose if you are receiving a two-dose vaccine. It’s also good to keep on hand, just in case you need it in the future.

Digital Vaccination Records

There are two ways to access your vaccination records through the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Sign up for WAverify to get a digital record of your COVID-19 vaccination. After you enter a few details, you will get a link to a QR code and a digital copy of your COVID-19 verification record. If you need to share your vaccination status for work, travel or events, you can use either the electronic or a printed record provided by the system.

You can also sign up for MyIR Mobile, which is Washington state’s free immunization record website. It provides official records of your vaccination status and includes all records for all vaccines that you have received in Washington state, so make sure to sign up. If you experience difficulty accessing vaccination records through MyIR, call 833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

Sign Up for V-Safe

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It is one of the ways that the CDC learns about what people experience after getting the vaccines. It can also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Learn more.

When You’re Fully Vaccinated

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose if you got a two-dose vaccine (like Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after your shot of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), regardless of recommendations for booster doses.

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