COVID-19 vaccine appointments open at a variety of convenient locations
Beginning the week of August 23, you will be able to schedule an additional dose appointment through our online scheduling tool. Please review our Booster Shot for the Immunocompromised FAQs below to learn more about additional doses and current CDC recommendations.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. The guidance recommends an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which includes the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, at least 28 days after their second dose.
The CDC defines immunocompromised individuals as those who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
The CDC does not recommend additional doses for other populations at this time, though this guidance could change. Please continue to check our website as we will update information frequently.
Please speak with your physician if you have questions about your individual health or medical conditions.
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 Vaccine for prevention of the disease in individuals 16 years of age or older. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency use for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and of immunocompromised individuals interested in a third dose.Vaccines seeking FDA approval undergo a standardized process for reviewing the quality, safety and effectiveness of the medical product. To receive FDA stamp of approval for the COVID-19 vaccine, the data from Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) was reviewed by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and determined to provide benefits that outweigh its own risks.
- Learn more about FDA development & approval processes.
- See list of approved vaccines in the United States.
If you have received your first dose and the supplier is unable to provide the second dose, you can schedule your vaccine online with Centura Health.
If you received your first dose at a Centura clinic please reference your confirmation email for scheduling instructions schedule your second dose at the same location.
I received my COVID-19 vaccine from a Centura facility. How do I obtain my record of immunization?
- If you already have a MyCenturaHealth patient portal, you can find your immunization information by logging in and navigating to your Health Summary.
- If you do not have an active MyCenturaHealth patient portal account, please call 866-414-1562 to get an activation code. Once activated, you will be able to see your immunization record.
I received my COVID-19 vaccine at one of the Vaccines for All drive-thru events at The Broadmoor World Arena, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park or State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. How do I obtain my record of immunization?
- All COVID-19 vaccines are recorded in the states Colorado Immunization Information System or CIIS. To request your COVID-19 immunization records from CIIS, please visit CDPHE.colorado.gov/Colorado-immunization-information-system-ciis to obtain a copy of your immunization record.
How do I know if it is safe to take the vaccine? How can I make sure I can receive the vaccine when I should?
In Colorado and Kansas, an appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals can schedule an appointment using one of the two options:
If you are concerned about receiving the vaccine due to your chronic or high-risk medical condition, we recommend you speak with a physician to discuss your individual situation. There will not be a physician on site at Centura Health vaccination clinics to address individual questions or needs.
Additionally, patients with the following underlying medical conditions are encouraged to speak with their medical provider prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, though it is not a requirement and patients may choose to still be vaccinated without speaking to their medical provider:
- Immunocompromised patients
- Persons with autoimmune conditions
- Persons with history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Persons with a history of Bell’s palsy
- Persons with a history of dermal filler use
- Persons on anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications
- Pregnant patients
- Lactating patients
Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?
Centura Health is vaccinating all eligible Coloradans and Kansans 12 years of age and older.
Do I need to call my doctor’s office to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
You do not need to call your doctor's office to get a vaccine. Centura Health has opened COVID-19 vaccination scheduling to eligible Coloradans and Kansans 12 years of age and older. Please use one of the following options to schedule an appointment:
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I walk into the office or have a planned scheduled appointment with my provider?
Until the vaccine is more readily available to the general public, vaccination will not be given to walk-in patients or during a scheduled appointment for another care visit with your provider. This may change in the future when the vaccine becomes more widely available.
I’ve received information to schedule my vaccine appointment and need help, who should I call?
If you have received information to schedule your vaccine and need help, please call 1-866-414-1562.
Can my spouse/significant other/family member attend and get a vaccine at the same time?
Only individuals with a scheduled and confirmed appointment will receive a vaccine. If your spouse/significant other/family member needs to make an appointment, please have them use one of the following options:
What if I can’t make it to my first or second dose COVID-19 vaccination appointment when I am scheduled?
We ask that you make every effort to be present for all scheduled appointments. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you should log into your MyCenturaHealth account where you may view your existing appointment and either cancel or reschedule it from within the online portal. Appointment availability may be extremely limited due to vaccine demand.
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a two-dose administration schedule and both doses must be received at the same location.
Before leaving your first dose appointment, it is very important that your second dose appointment is scheduled. This ensures your second dose is scheduled at the recommended time (21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna) and that we reserve a second dose vaccine for you. A Centura Health representative will coordinate your second-dose appointment with you during your first-dose appointment.
We recognize that scheduling three or four weeks in advance can be difficult; however, it is our intent to ensure we reserve the appropriate second dose each week for our communities. Please know that appointments may be changed up to two weeks prior to your scheduled second dose appointment. Once outside that two-week window, your appointment can no longer be changed within the same week and you will only have the opportunity to schedule in following weeks.
How long will my appointment last?
You can expect both appointments to take about 30 minutes in total, as we will ask you to wait 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor you for any vaccine reaction. If you have ever had an adverse vaccine reaction in the past, please notify the clinical team and we may ask you to stay for longer monitoring. If you have questions or concerns about whether to receive the vaccine, please consult with your primary care provider before scheduling your appointment. There will not be a physician available for on-site consultation.
Where will I get my COVID-19 vaccine? At my doctor’s office or a hospital?
You will be able to select any appointment time at your preferred vaccine clinic, which may or may not be the closest medical facility to your residence.
Will I be charged to receive the vaccine?
You are not required to have insurance to receive the vaccine and there will be no cost to you. Although your insurance may be billed to cover the cost to administer the vaccine, there should be no cost to you to receive it, either at the time of your appointment or at any time thereafter.
Do I need to show my driver’s license or other valid identification to receive the vaccine?
No, you are not required to show a driver’s license or other valid identification to receive the vaccine. You are also not required to share a social security number.
What is Centura Health doing with the “extra” doses that may exist in some vials of COVID-19 vaccine? Is any vaccine being wasted or held onto for future use?
We administer every dose of COVID-19 vaccine we receive each week from the state, and we are intentional in our efforts to ensure no dose is ever wasted. It is our desire to quickly, efficiently and safely vaccinate as many people as possible.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. As with any vaccine we provide to our patients, Centura Health has procedures in place to ensure the safety of individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. We understand that some individuals may be concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and want to assure you that safety is our top priority.
If you would like to learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
Centura Health is currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Vaccines from other manufacturers may be available over time. At this time, Centura Health cannot offer you the choice of which vaccine you receive.
Do I need to receive two doses? Will I get both doses from Centura Health? Will I get the same vaccine?
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a two-dose administration schedule and both doses must be received at the same location.
Before leaving your first dose appointment, it is very important that your second dose appointment is scheduled. This ensures your second dose is scheduled at the recommended interval (21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna) and that we reserve a second dose vaccine for you. A Centura Health representative will coordinate your second-dose appointment with you during your first-dose appointment.
We recognize that scheduling three or four weeks in advance can be difficult; however, it is our intent to ensure we reserve the appropriate second dose each week for our communities. If you need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, you may do so as long as appointments are available two weeks prior to your scheduled second dose appointment time. Once outside that two-week window, your appointment can no longer be changed to a same-week appointment and you will only have the opportunity to schedule in following weeks.
When should I get my second dose?
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a two-dose administration and both doses must be received at the same vaccine provider.
For your second dose, you will receive a vaccine by the same manufacturer, and it will be administered at the recommended interval (21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna). The CDC has advised that the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible; however, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. It should also be noted that the CDC also states that second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid.
How long will it take after I receive vaccine before full immunity is reached?
According to current information, full immunity is typically reached two weeks after the second vaccination (or about five weeks after your first injection) for both Pfizer and Moderna.
Can I get sick from the vaccine or give someone else the virus because of my vaccination?
These two vaccines also use a relatively new technology to fight the virus. Below is a summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describing the technology:
mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who have an allergic reaction after the first dose do not receive the second injection. Review CDC recommendations and consult with your physician about your personal situation.
I already had COVID-19 or think I did, so should I get the vaccine? Do I need to have an antibody test before I get the vaccine?
At this time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who previously contracted the COVID-19 virus receive the vaccine. There is not a need to have your antibodies checked prior to receiving the vaccine.
Should I get the vaccine if I am sick with COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who are currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after your illness has resolved and after you have met the criteria to return to normal activity.
Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation.
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women and lactating mothers?
There is not enough information available to know whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers. The clinical trials conducted this year tested the vaccines’ safety and efficacy in adults, and researchers will need to conduct additional studies on how the vaccine affects these other populations. Please speak with your physician to discuss the safest options for your health and wellbeing.
Is the vaccine safe for children?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the COVID-19 vaccine use in 12- to 15-year-olds. If you have clinical questions about whether your child should receive the vaccine, please contact your child’s pediatrician.
Can I travel after I have the vaccine?
If you must travel, it is recommended you continue to follow proper COVID-19 precautions, such a wearing a face mask, hand washing and social distancing.
Refer to state and international travel guidelines, along with information found on website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I have heard there is a new more infectious strain of COVID-19 already in Colorado and the United States. Will the vaccine work for the new strain?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified three new strains of COVID-19. Each is believed to be more contagious, which could lead to more cases of COVID-19. The CDC states the vaccines currently being administered are thought to be effective against these new strains.
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are the first vaccines to become available. Centura Health is distributing the vaccine based on state phased prioritization. Here are some important facts about each vaccine, how they were developed and their efficacy.
How many people participated in the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine trials?
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given to 43,000 people worldwide. Of those taking part in the trial, 42% were from diverse ethnic backgrounds, 41% were between the ages of 56 and 85.
The Moderna vaccine was given to 30,000 adults at 100 clinical research sites in the United States. Of those taking part, 23% were 65 or older and 37% of participants were from racial and ethnic minorities.
What is the efficacy of each vaccine?
Based on Phase 3 trial study data, Pfizer/BioNTech is 95% effective against COVID-19 beginning 28 days after the first dose with 94% efficacy.
Moderna is 94.5% effective with 94% efficacy and 100% efficacy against severe COVID-19.
How do the vaccines work?
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use a synthetic version of coronavirus genetic material, called messenger RNA or MRNA, to program a person’s cell to churn out many copies of a fragment of the virus. That fragment sets off alarms in the immune system and stimulates it to attack, should the real virus appear.
A number of vaccines using this technology are in development for other infections and cancers, but none have been approved or marketed.
What are the side effects?
Most people do not have serious side effects after being vaccinated, though some mild side effects can be expected.
The most common side effects for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine included fatigue (3.8%) and headaches (2.0%). There were no severe adverse events and older adults showed fewer side effects. For the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, the most common side effects were injection site pain (2.7%), fatigue (9.7%), muscle pain or soreness (8.9%), joint pain (5.2%), headache (4.5%). Moderna reported no severe adverse events.
For the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, the most common side effects were injection site pain (2.7%), fatigue (9.7%), muscle pain or soreness (8.9%), joint pain (5.2%), headache (4.5%). Moderna reported no severe adverse events.