COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
The COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone regardless of citizenship or insurance status, at no cost to you.
The COVID-19 vaccines safely boost your immunity against the COVID-19 virus. The vaccines are extremely effective at preventing you from getting the virus, and from becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19.
At this time, the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are recommended for most people, since they are understood to be most effective against the omicron variant of the vaccine after a booster/third dose.
There are many resources here to help you understand why you can trust the vaccines. This information includes updates on the vaccines for young children (ages 5-11), boosters and third doses, and more.
At the same time, we understand that many have questions about the vaccines. You are welcome to schedule a consultation with a Sun River Health doctor or clinician to discuss these questions, if you are not ready to make a vaccine appointment. We are happy to talk about these concerns with you.
Click on the area below for more information.
The Omicron Variant
The Omicron variant is rapidly becoming the main variant/cause of COVID-19 in the United States. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do appear to be effective with a booster against the Omicron variant, and more information is coming soon.
Masking, social distancing, and vaccination continue to be our best defense against all forms of COVID-19. Please be vigilant about masking in all aspects of your lives outside your homes.
With the aid of our public health nurses, and in anticipation of increased demand for testing, we plan to set up regular COVID-19 testing schedules and sites in each region.
We are also awaiting information about home COVID-19 testing for patients and will share information as soon as we have it.
Sun River Health is providing free COVID-19 PCR tests at all our health center sites.
Call your local health center to find out information on testing times, or just walk into any Sun River Health Urgent Care location to get a test.
Some sites are also offering outdoor / drive-through testing for your protection.
More updates coming soon.
Young Children/Ages 5-11
Sun River Health is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11. The vaccine is available at no cost to you at every Sun River Health location.
To make an appointment for your child, click here, or call 844-400-1975.
Medical experts agree that having your child vaccinated against COVID-19 is the right choice. Your child should get the COVID-19 vaccine because:
- The vaccine boosts your child’s immune system to help prevent them from getting COVID-19, which can lead to severe lung infection, asthma, and/or other long-lasting symptoms (“long-COVID”) that could impact their health and wellbeing
- It helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 at school, home, and in the community
- New variants of COVID-19 continue to appear. Getting vaccinated helps protect your child from new COVID-19 variants
A smaller needle and a lower dose of the vaccine will be used for children ages 5-11 than for older groups.
The Pfizer vaccine is given in 2 doses. The second dose is given 3 weeks (21 days) after the first dose.
If you have any questions about getting the vaccine for your child, you can also schedule a time to speak to a doctor, instead of scheduling a shot (this is called a “consultation.”) A Sun River Health doctor will answer any questions you have.
You can also read more information below or read our general FAQ on the COVID-19 Vaccines here.
The Pfizer vaccine has been recommended for use by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
No one over the age of 12 will be turned away from getting a COVID-19 booster shot at Sun River Health.
Booster shots are also recommended for children ages 5-11 whose immune systems are compromised.
Booster shots are available for everyone who has received the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. You can get the Pfizer or Moderna booster shot if you received your second shot at least six months ago. You can get the Johnson & Johnson booster shot if you received your first J&J shot at least 2 months ago.
If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get either the Moderna or the Pfizer booster, as this will provide greater protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. For more information, click here.
To schedule a booster shot click here or call 844-400-1975.
When you come in to receive your booster shot, be sure to bring your vaccination card!
Sometimes, people who are immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccine.
Third doses are different than boosters,and are available now for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals.
Third doses are available 28 days after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer for anyone who:
- Is 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 2 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 (advanced defined as CD4 <200)
- Is in active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (15-20mg/day of prednisone x 4 weeks or more) or other drugs that may suppress immune response If this is you, please speak with your doctor about whether you should get a booster shot or third dose of the vaccine.
The third dose should be the same type of vaccine as the first two whenever possible. At this time, additional doses are not authorized for immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Talk to your doctor about your medical condition to determine if a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.Sun River Health will be sharing self-attestation forms (in multiple languages) to this regard shortly as this will be accepted for 3rd dose vaccinations. Additional information will be available to patients/communities on our internet soon as well.
To schedule a third dose shot, or a consultation with a Sun River Health clinician, click here or call 844-400-1975.
When you come in to receive your third dose, be sure to bring your vaccination card!
Covid-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy
The vaccine is safe for pregnant people. The CDC issued an urgent health advisory on September 29, 2021 that strongly recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy to prevent serious illness and death. Pregnant people with COVID-19 have an increased risk of issues with their pregnancy, including pre-term birth, stillbirth, and admission into the ICU.
To read the health advisory, click here.
Approvals, Emergency Approvals, and Ages
The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 and older.
The Pfizer vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12-15 of age.
The Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available under emergency use authorization by the FDA to everyone 18 and up.
More information on cost
All COVID-19 vaccinations will be at no cost to patients. If you do not have health insurance, there will be no charge if your only reason for coming into the health center is to get the vaccine (similar to a flu shot).
(If you are uninsured and are coming in for another reason but ask to get the vaccine aspart your visit, you will be charged for your visit according to our sliding fee scale.)
More information on availability
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is available to everyone aged 12 and up. Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available to everyone 18 and up. Pfizer is now conducting clinical trials in children aged 6 months to 11 years.
The vaccine is available by walk in or by appointment.
Click here for more information on who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
For information on COVID-19 testing, click here.
Other Helpful Resources
Questions about your COVID-19 Vaccine Card or the Excelsior Pass? click here
The Black Coalition Against COVID—The Conversation: Between Us, About Us
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine