(Updated Aug. 4, 2022)

The development of vaccines is a monumental step toward reducing the challenges and health concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 6 months old and older, as well as the Moderna vaccine for individuals between 6 months old and older. The CDC expresses clinical preference to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines when available. The FDA and CDC have also authorized the one-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine for individuals 18 and older. A first booster dose is also recommended for individuals 5 years old and older, and a second booster is recommended for people 50 years old and older:

Pfizer

  • Available to ages: 6 months old and older
  • Primary doses (5 years old and older): Two
  • Primary doses (6 months old through 4 years old): Three
  • First booster dose: For people 5 years old and older five months after primary series
  • Second booster dose: For people 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals, four months after their initial booster dose

Moderna

  • Available to ages: 6 months old and older
  • Primary doses: Two
  • First booster dose: For people 18 and older five months after primary series
  • Second booster dose: For people 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals, four months after their initial booster dose

Johnson & Johnson

  • Available to ages: 18 and older
  • Primary dose: One
  • First booster dose: For people 18 and older two months after first dose
  • Second booster dose: A dose of an mRNA vaccine for people four months after their initial booster dose

Eligible individuals that wish to receive a booster dose of vaccine can receive any of the authorized vaccines - they do not have to receive the same vaccine as their previously completed series.

The Harvey County Health Department has the Moderna vaccine available for individuals 6 years old and older. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 316-283-1637. You can fill out the COVID-19 vaccination consent form prior to your appointment. The form is available in English and Spanish.

The Health Department does not carry the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but other health providers in Harvey County do. You can find health providers and the vaccines they have available here.

Side effects from a COVID-19 vaccination have generally and largely been reported to be mild, if at all. Common side effects can include pain or swelling at the vaccine injection site. Fever, chills, fatigue and a headache are also possible. These side effects are normal, and an indication that your body is building protection. If side effects linger, contact your medical provider or the organization that administered the vaccination. If you experience any severe reaction, call 911.