COVID-19 vaccines

The latest updates:

The FDA and CDC authorized Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 on Oct. 29, 2021 and Nov. 2, 2021 respectively. Learn more. 

The CDC released new recommendations for a booster shots on Nov. 19, 2021 and Dec. 9, 2021. Everyone age 16 or older should receive a COVID-19 booster dose. Learn more

The CDC released new recommendations for Pfizer booster doses, shortening the timeframe between the initial two-dose Pfizer vaccine series and a booster to 5 months instead of 6 months on Jan. 4. 2022. The timeframe between the two-dose Moderna vaccine series and a booster dose remains 6 months. They also released new recommendations on booster doses for immunocompromised children. Learn more.

The CDC announced that everyone age 12 and older should get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster on Jan. 5, 2022. Learn more

Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a clinic: 

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment at some of our health center locations. 

Children: Schedule a first COVID-19 vaccine

Adults: Schedule your first COVID-19 vaccine

Booster: Schedule a booster COVID-19 vaccine

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine options:

For patients age 6 and older:

Pfizer vaccines are available at the following pharmacy:

For patients age 12 and older:

Pfizer vaccines are available at the following pharmacy:

For patients age 18 and older: 

Single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at the following pharmacies:

Anyone under age 19 must bring a completed parent or guardian consent form:  

Who's eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot?

If you received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago, the CDC recommends that you get a booster shot. 

What if you got a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna)?

  • If you are 12 or older and received a two-dose Pfizer vaccine, you should get a booster after 5 months
  • If you are 18 or older and received a two-dose Moderna vaccine, you should get a booster after 6 months

Immunocompromised people age 5 and older are strongly encouraged to get a third dose 28 days after their second dose of an mRNA vaccine. 

You may mix or match your third COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. If you previously received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, you can safely get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for your third dose. 

Vaccine cost

The COVID-19 vaccine is free to Americans. Vaccine distributors can charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. However, in most cases, public and private insurance providers cover this cost. 

We are not billing patients for COVID-19 vaccines received at Nebraska Medicine locations. 

Why we need COVID-19 vaccines 

COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community. 

We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. Since illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.

Use this calculator to assess your own COVID-19 mortality risk

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