Types of Vaccines
There are 4 vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, and Novavax. Your vaccine may require more than one dose during your primary series, which is your first time being vaccinated.
- Pfizer-BioNTech: 2 doses given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
- Moderna: 2 doses given 4 weeks (28 days) apart
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen: 1 dose
- Novavax: 2 doses given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
All are safe, tested, and effective at reducing your risk of severe illness. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may be eligible for an additional dose. This additional dose is administered during the primary series. Eligible people include individuals undergoing cancer treatment or people with HIV/AIDS. See vaccine recommendations for immunocompromised people.
Anyone age 5 or older is eligible for a booster dose. Reformulated bivalent boosters that bolster protection against the dominant omicron strains of the virus have been widely available since September 2022. Adults may “mix and match” the booster shot, which means get a booster dose with a vaccine that is different from the one received during the primary series. The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent boosters are approved for children 5 and older. The updated Moderna booster is approved for children 6 and older.
You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the bivalent booster dose recommended for you by CDC. To determine when you should receive your next booster dose, see booster shot recommendations.
Vaccines for Children
Children ages 5 through 11 receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose. See vaccine recommendations for children and teenagers.
How Do I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Make Sure You’re Eligible
Anyone age 5 or older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia. Anyone age 5 or older also is eligible to get a booster dose. Some people with certain conditions are eligible for an additional dose during the primary series.Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Find a Location
The vaccine is being administered at many different locations across the state. These locations include county public health sites, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities.
Providers may require that you make an appointment. No payment is required to make an appointment.
You may be asked to verify whether you are receiving your primary series, an additional dose, or a booster shot, or if the appointment is for a child.Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider
Get the Vaccine
- Be sure to arrive on time to your appointment.
- If you have it, bring your identification card and health insurance information.
- Your provider also may require you to fill out some paperwork ahead of time.
- When you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the provider should give you a vaccination card that lists which vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Keep this card for your records. Bring this card with you to any future COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
- You may be asked to remain resting for up to 30 minutes after being vaccinated so you can be observed for any allergic reaction.
- Confirm your appointment for your next dose, if applicable.
- Monitor your health for any side effects. Common side effects, such as headaches and tiredness, may last for a few days after you receive your vaccine. If you have a severe allergic reaction, call 911. Read more about common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Vaccines administered in Georgia are reported to the state’s immunization registry. If you need a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine history, request your immunization records from the Department of Public Health.
- If you are fully vaccinated, continue to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.