COVID-19 Vaccine Program FAQs

En Español

Updated April 29, 2022

What is the difference between a booster shot and a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Because immunocompromised individuals (ages 5 and older) may not develop sufficient immunity after two doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, a third dose, or additional primary dose, is recommended in order to reach a level of immunity that’s protective against the virus.

A booster dose is recommended for all individuals ages 12 and older to boost immunity that may reduce over time.

Please refer to the CDC website for the latest recommendations and details about who should receive a third dose and who should receive a booster dose.

Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients ages 5-23 who are immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or a booster dose (ages 12 and older), can receive the vaccine at their CHOP Primary Care office. Patients under the age of 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. 

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine for my child at CHOP?

At this time, CHOP is vaccinating CHOP patients only. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Program website for the latest details and instructions.

Community Vaccine Clinics are also available. Learn more here.

You can also search the Vaccines.gov vaccine finder (available in English and Spanish) to find a vaccine provider near you. 

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

There is no cost to you for the COVID-19 vaccine; however, we do collect a vaccine administration fee from applicable insurers.

Are eligible young adults receiving the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine?

While the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for use in ages 5 and older, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for ages 18 and older. Eligible young adults ages 18 and older may receive either vaccine. 

What ingredients are in the COVID-19 vaccines?

Review the ingredients of the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, some people may feel tired and some will experience headache and muscle aches. These types of side effects are the result of your immune system responding to the vaccine. Learn more about side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what we know about the possibility of long-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine:

If I or my child experiences a vaccine side effect, who should I call?

If you/your child is experiencing unusual side effects and you are concerned, follow your usual approach to contacting your care provider. Routine side effects can be treated symptomatically with acetaminophen or similar products.

Can I prevent side effects by taking pain reliever prior to receiving the vaccine?

We do not advise taking pain or fever relieving medications prior to being vaccinated.

The CDC has indicated that you can take anti-fever or anti-inflammatory medications if necessary following COVID-19 vaccination, but it is important to know that doing so could diminish the level of immunity that develops. Learn more here.

If I or my child previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

People who had COVID-19 are still recommended to get the vaccine after they have recovered. Learn more here.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a mask and physically distance from other fully-vaccinated individuals?

With new variants emerging and fluctuating infection rates across the country, please refer to the CDC’s most recent guidance for masking best practices for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

Do fully vaccinated individuals need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19?

People who have completed a vaccine series AND received a booster shot, do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days and test five days after exposure if possible. Refer to the CDC for the latest guidelines.

I’ve heard there is now medication to treat and prevent COVID-19. How can I get it for my child?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued emergency use authorizations for several new medications to prevent or treat COVID-19 infection.

  • Paxlovid is an oral medication used to treat COVID-19 in patients at high risk for progression to severe disease, including hospitalization or death
  • Sotrovimab is an intravenous (IV) medication used to treat COVID-19 in patients at high risk for progression to severe disease, including hospitalization or death
  • Evusheld is a preventative treatment given as  two injections to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in immunocompromised patients who are not expected to mount a sufficiently protective immune response to COVID-19 vaccination

While CHOP is now offering these treatments to eligible patients, demand is currently greater than supply. If your child is immunocompromised and has tested positive for COVID-19, contact your specialty care provider to discuss options. 


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