Getting Vaccinated

Who Can Be Vaccinated 

Anyone 6 months and over is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona. Here’s what you should know:

  • Anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
  • Anyone 18 or older is eligible to be vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
  • Children 6 months-11 years old can receive certain Pfizer or Moderna vaccines depending on age:
    • Pfizer
      • Children ages 6 months-4 years
      • Children ages 5-11 years 
    • Moderna
      • Children ages 6 months-5 years
      • Children ages 6-11 years

COVID-19 vaccination is safe, effective, and free. The vaccine benefits anyone who gets it, and is especially important for people who have an increased risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions, including pregnancy.

Learn more about vaccine safety and find vaccine fact sheets and FAQs here.

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Preparing for Vaccination

Things to Know

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to become infected and develop symptoms and are at substantially reduced risk from severe illness and death from COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated people.

COVID-19 vaccines ARE:

  • SAFE—much safer than getting sick with the virus.   More safety data about COVID-19 vaccines exist for any other vaccine in history, and our country has one of the most advanced systems in the world for monitoring vaccine safety.
  • EFFECTIVE at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the virus that causes it. To receive the most protection, people should receive all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • FREE to anyone meeting vaccine eligibility, regardless of insurance or citizenship status.

Where to Get Vaccinated

Vaccination is widely available and can be accessed through pharmacies, community health clinics, local vaccination events, and many providers. Some sites allow you to make an appointment ahead of time, and others may accept walk-ins.  You can search for providers and vaccine events here. 

What to Bring with You

Getting vaccinated is not only safe and effective--it's FREE. COVID-19 vaccination is available at no charge to anyone meeting vaccine eligibility, regardless of insurance or citizenship status. You should not be billed for vaccine or vaccine administration. This includes administration of third doses and booster shots to eligible populations. 

When making an appointment online or in-person at the vaccination site (many places take walk-ins!) you: 

  1. May be asked a few questions to determine your eligibility and to provide insurance information, if available.
    1. If you have insurance, this information allows the vaccinator to bill your insurance for their administration fee. You will not be charged to get vaccinated.
    2. If you do not have insurance, you can still be vaccinated and will be charged nothing.
  2. Should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you receive to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.  
  3. May be asked to provide identification for proof of eligibility and sign a consent form to be vaccinatedIf the person getting vaccinated is under 18, a parent/guardian may need to be present. Check ahead with the provider if you have any questions.

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When You Get Vaccinated

You may have some side effects after vaccination, which are normal signs that your body is building immune protection. These may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects. After getting vaccinated, you will be asked to stay after for at least 15 minutes to monitor for any side effects.

Possible side effects include: 

  • Pain, redness or swelling at the injection site 
  • Tiredness 
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain 
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes on same side of body where injection was given (less common than side effects listed above)

With some COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots in order to get the most protection. You should get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.
When to contact your doctor or healthcare provider: 

  •  If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  •  If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

COVID-19 vaccines DO NOT: 

For more facts about the vaccines and FAQs, go here.

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about what to do if you had an allergic reaction after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.


Ask your vaccination provider about getting started with v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  Parents and guardians can enroll adolescents (ages 12 and older) or dependents in v-safe and complete health check-ins on their behalf after COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about v-safeWATCH VIDEO »

Vaccination Records

After you receive your first dose of vaccine, you should receive a paper vaccination record that shows which vaccine you received and when. Keep this card in a safe place. Consider taking a picture of your card after your vaccination appointment as a backup copy. Bring this card with you for future COVID-19 vaccine appointments for additional doses needed in your primary series or booster shots, if eligible.

Lost your card? Here’s how to get a replacement.

Making future appointments

If you receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you will need 2 shots to get the most protection. You should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 4-week interval as possible (21 days Pfizer, 28 days Moderna). However, your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks after the first dose, if necessary.

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Boosters and Third Doses

Booster Shots

Booster doses provide additional protection against COVID-19 and help to strengthen protection against severe disease in populations at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe illness.  

Following are booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States: 

  • You received the second dose of Pfizer at least five months ago, AND you are age 5 or older
  • You received the second dose of Moderna at least five months ago, AND you are age 18 or older
  • You received Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago and are age 18 or older 

To provide additional protective benefit to those at highest risk for severe illness, the FDA has authorized a second mRNA booster shot 4 months after receiving the last booster dose for the following groups:

  • Everyone 50+

  • 12+ moderately to severely immunocompromised 

  • 18+ who received a primary J&J vaccine and booster shot (J&J or mRNA). A second mRNA booster is recommended 4 months after first booster.

To see if you're eligible for a booster, use CDC's COVID-19 booster tool.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Per CDC, in most situations, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for booster vaccination. J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.

Additional Dose for Immunocompromised

People who have a moderately to severely weakened immune system may benefit from an additional dose of mRNA vaccine. The additional dose is to make sure you have enough protection against COVID-19. Studies show that some people who are immunocompromised (weakened immune system) don’t build enough protection after receiving two doses of mRNA vaccines. 

CDC recommends that significantly immunocompromised individuals who got the Pfizer (ages 5 and up) or Moderna (age 18+) vaccines get an additional dose of the same mRNA vaccine after the initial two doses. There should be at least 28 days since the last mRNA dose was administered. Note: The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in ages 12-17 and in a pediatric dosage for children 5-11. 

If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered according to product eligibility guidelines. 

There is no current authorization or recommendation for additional doses for immunocompromised recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

Everyone 5 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot. If you are eligible for an additional primary shot, you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot. 

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After Full Vaccination

We know that vaccines are effective at reducing spread of COVID-19, and we’re still learning how long that protection lasts. 

People are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second shot in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • 2 weeks after a single-shot vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine 

 If you’ve been fully vaccinated: 

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. 
  • To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. 
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 
  • You can travel domestically without testing before or after travel, and without self-quarantining after travel. 

You should still get tested if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 

  • If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.  
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.  
  • If your test result is positive, isolate at home for 10 days. 

See CDC's Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

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Still Have Questions?

If you have questions, please submit your question here or call us at 602-506-6767.

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