COVID Vaccine Information

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone age five and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Read more information on their recommendations.
  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ages 5 years to 17 are administered at your pediatric offices. must be made by phone at (512) 901-4066. If you have questions about the vaccine for your child, please call your pediatrician’s office to schedule an appointment to discuss further.
  • Pfizer and Moderna COVID19 Vaccines are now available for 18 and older is now available through the ADC Travel Clinic at all ADC pediatric, family and Internal Medicine Clinic locations. Appointments are required for both new and established patients. Make appointments online for ages 12 years and up. Call (512) 901-4486 to make your appointment. Walk-ins are not allowed.

Pfizer Vaccine

Age 5 – 11 = Your child must be five years old the day of their vaccine appointment

  • Patients ages 5-11 that ARE NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • Dose 1 administered with Dose 2 scheduled 21 days later.
    • At this time Boosters are not approved for ages 5 – 11 that are not immunocompromised.
  • Patients ages 5-11 that ARE moderately or severely immunocompromised
    • Dose 1 administered with Dose 2 scheduled 21 days later.
    • Dose 3 given at least 4 weeks later. (This is still considered part of primary series – NOT A BOOSTER)
    • At this time Boosters are not approved for ages 5 – 11 that are not immunocompromised

Age 12 and older

  • Patients ages 12 – 17 that ARE NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • Dose 1 is administered with Dose 2 administered 21 days later. 
    • Booster #1 at least 5 months after completing primary series.
    • At this time, a non-immunocompromised patient is eligible for a total of 3 COVID vaccinations of Pfizer ONLY at this age)
  • Patients that are 18 – 49 that ARE NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • Dose 1 is administered with Dose 2 administered 21 days later. 
    • May receive Booster #1 at least 5 months after 2nd
    • At this time, a non-immunocompromised patient over 50 years old is eligible for a total of 3 COVID vaccinations - the boosters can be Moderna or Pfizer)
  • Patients that are 50 and older that ARE NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • Dose 1 is administered with Dose 2 administered 21 days later. 
    • May receive Booster #1 at least 5 months after 2nd
    • Booster # 2 at least 4 months later. 
    • At this time, a non-immunocompromised patient over 50 years old is eligible for a total of 4 COVID vaccinations - the boosters can be Moderna or Pfizer)
  • Patients ages 12 and older that ARE moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • Dose 1 is administered with Dose 2 administered at least 4 weeks later. 
    • Dose 3 given 28 days after 2ndThis is still considered part of primary series – NOT A BOOSTER.
    • May then receive a Booster #1 at least 3 months after 3rd
    • Booster # 2 at least 4 months after the 1st
    • At this time, an immunocompromised patient over 18 years old are eligible for a total of 5 COVID vaccinations - the boosters can be Moderna or Pfizer).

Moderna Vaccine

Moderna is given to patients 18 and older only.

Non-immunocompromised patients:

  • Patients ages 18 – 49
    • Dose 1 with Dose 2 administered at least 4 weeks later. 
    • Booster # 1 can be administered 5 months after 2nd at least 5 months after 2nd dose -the booster can be Moderna or Pfizer)
  • Patients that are 50 and older
    • Booster # 2 to be administered at least 4 months later. 
    • At this time, a non-immunocompromised patient over 50 years old is eligible for a total of 4 COVID vaccinations - the boosters can be Moderna or Pfizer)

Moderately or severely immunocompromised patients:

  • Patients ages 18 and older:
    • Dose 1 with Dose 2 administered at least 4 weeks later. 
    • Dose 3 administered 4 weeks later.  (This is still considered part of primary series – NOT A BOOSTER).
    • Booster #1 can be administered 3 months after 3rd
    • Booster #2 to then be administered 4 months after the 1st
    • At this time, an immunocompromised patient over 18 years old are eligible for a total of 5 COVID vaccinations - the boosters can be Moderna or Pfizer)

COVID-19 vaccination near you

Please visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 to learn when and where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Facts about COVID-19 vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • FACT: COVID-19 vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history
  • FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19
  • FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent serious illness
  • FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated
  • FACT: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA

See the CDC’s resource page for extensive information about common myths and the facts regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Immunization helps save millions of lives every year. Whereas most medicines treat or cure diseases, vaccines can help prevent them by working with your body’s natural defenses to build protection. When you receive a vaccine, your immune system responds.

Vaccines prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, and help people of all ages live longer, healthier lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, immunization currently prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles.

COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least six feet away from others, may help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Are there side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?

According to the CDC, serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. There may be some short-term, minor side effects (for example, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, a sore arm where a shot was given or a low-grade fever after a vaccine). These effects are normal. They indicate that your body is building protection against the virus, and they should go away on their own within a few days.

For more about potential side effects, what to expect and what to look for, please visit the CDC’s resource page.

If I have already gotten sick with COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Due to a range of health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection is possible, patients may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. If you have questions or concerns about vaccination after you have tested positive for COVID-19, please consult your physician.

What do I need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years old and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant or might become pregnant in the future. There is no evidence that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines cause an increased risk of infertility.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, visit the CDC’s recommendations page.

What about children and the COVID-19 vaccine?

Children are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and teens, speak to your pediatrician or consult the CDC’s resource page.

If I have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, do I need a booster shot?

In 2021, the CDC recommended that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses.

Since that time, the CDC’s booster shot guidance evolved with respect to patient eligibility criteria and specific vaccines recommended for boosters.

Please consult with a physician if you have specific questions about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine section is continually updated to share the most recent guidance regarding the vaccine and ongoing developments with boosters.