COVID-19 Vaccine Information

It is recommended that all people 6 months and older are vaccinated with the most recent version of the COVID vaccine. Look below for links to providers in your area and for frequently asked questions about the vaccine. Please talk to your provider if you have any additional questions.

There are two types of vaccines: mRNA and protein subunit.

For more information on available vaccines, visit Vaccines for COVID-19 | CDC.

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children ages 6 months–11 years; COMIRNATY is the licensed Pfizer-BioNTech product for people ages 12 years and older.
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children ages 6 months–11 years; SPIKEVAX is the licensed Moderna product for people ages 12 years and older.


Protein subunit COVID-19 vaccines

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is a protein subunit vaccine.

As of Oct. 3, 2023, the 2023-2024 updated Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted, was recommended by CDC for use in the United States for people aged 12 years and older.

  • Benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine

    Vaccines have long been a tool to help mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccines help the body produce antibodies that can fight off a specific disease and have two benefits: They help to prevent people from getting infected and, therefore, they can also help reduce the spread of the disease. According to scientific data, the COVID-19 vaccine can help prevent serious complications from the virus, including hospitalizations and even death.

  • Is the vaccine safe?

    While scientists around the world have raced against time to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA’s rigorous review classifies them as safe and effective. Hundreds of millions of people in the United States have safely received COVID-19 vaccines. CDC and FDA continue to provide updated information on the safety of U.S. authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and other safety monitoring systems.

  • Is BayCare providing vaccines?

    BayCare does not provide COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are widely available through local community settings and retail pharmacies.

  • Who should not get the vaccine?

    Vaccines have shown to be safe for people who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines should check with their physician before getting the vaccine.

  • What are the side effects?

    After the COVID-19 vaccination, some people have reported side effects that went away after a few days. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may include redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills and joint pain.

  • Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    COVID-19 vaccines will not give people COVID-19. The vaccine protects the human body from getting infected. It typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

  • Does the vaccine have a cost?

    According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines will be given to every American at no cost. However, providers who administer the vaccine will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s insurance or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

COVID-19 Vaccine Options

Other COVID-19 vaccine options are provided throughout the area. For the most accurate information concerning other vaccine options and registration requirements, please select from the following:

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine developments, visit