Booster shots are now available for Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Bivalent boosters are your best protection against COVID-19.
Bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available at Thundermist Health Center.
If it’s been two months since your last COVID vaccine (second dose of primary series or booster) you should get a bivalent booster. People ages 12 years and older can get this new booster.
What is a bivalent booster?
The bivalent booster targets the most recent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. These variants are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of the virus.
Why should I get the updated bivalent booster?
It boosts your protection against current and new variants.
If it’s been two months since your last vaccine, you must get the new booster to be considered “up-to-date” with your vaccine series.
If I just had COVID-19, do I still need the bivalent booster?
Yes, the new booster gives you the best protection.
Can I get the bivalent booster and the flu shot at the same time?
Yes, just ask for both at your appointment.
How can I get a bivalent booster at Thundermist?
Patients can call their primary care provider to get the bivalent booster walk into Convenient Care. You do not need to be a Thundermist patient.
Convenient Care is open 365 days per year. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no government presence at Thundermist. Patients who received the vaccine outside of Thundermist must bring proof of vaccination to their appointment.
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Pfizer Booster Shots
Everyone ages 16 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 booster (third dose of vaccine). If it has been six months since your second dose of vaccine, and you are 16 years or older than you are eligible for the Pfizer booster shot.
Moderna Booster Shots
Everyone ages 18 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 booster (third dose of vaccine). If it has been six months since your second dose of vaccine, and you are 18 years or older than you are eligible for the Moderna booster shot.
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Booster Shot
Some people who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot. People who answer YES to these questions are eligible for a booster (second dose of vaccine):
- Has it been two months since you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?
- Are you age 18 or older?
The CDC Approved a Second Booster of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain People
Who is eligible?
- People age 50 or older who received their first booster shot at least four months ago.
- People age 12 or older who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems and received their first booster shot at least four months ago.
- People age 18 or older who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and a first booster shot at least four months ago.
How to get a Booster Shot!
The best way to schedule an appointment is online. You can also call (401) 767-4100. Please expect long call hold times.
People who are eligible can get a booster dose of vaccine at Thundermist. You do not need to be a Thundermist patient.
You can also get a booster shot at Convenient Care. Walk into any Thundermist Convenient Care location during the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is important that eligible people get a booster shot. It is the best way to keep you and your family protected from COVID-19.
There is no out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no government presence at Thundermist. Patients who received the vaccine outside of Thundermist must bring proof of vaccination to their appointment for a third dose.
You must have two doses of vaccine. You cannot schedule your second dose online. We will schedule your second when you receive your first dose. You will need to come back for you second in three or four weeks from your first dose (depending on which vaccine you receive). It is very important that you keep your appointments for the second dose. The vaccine is not fully effective until two weeks after your second dose.
If you have questions about the second dose, please call (401) 767-4100 and press 2.
What to Expect After the COVID-19 Vaccine
- Side effects reported with the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions:
- Tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection
- Swelling (hardness)
- General side effects:
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Side effects can last 24 to 72 hours. You do not need to report general symptoms to your primary care provider. We recommend taking Tylenol for pain/discomfort. You should also drink fluids and rest.
NOTE: If you have an allergy to any of the above medications, please consult with your primary care provider.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to the vaccine, call 9-1-1 or go to the closest hospital emergency department.
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face and throat
- Fast heartbeat
- Rash all over your body
- Dizziness and weakness