COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
All Coloradans age 12 and above are eligible for vaccination.
You may sign up with your medical provider (such as a hospital or pharmacy) to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For a list of providers and community clinics, visit the county website or the state’s webpage. Community members with language or online access barriers can reach the Boulder County Call center at 720-776-0822 to set up vaccine appointments. The state call center at 877-268-2926 can also assist people who have questions or need help registering for a vaccine. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If a situation that’s out of your control arises and causes you to miss your second dose, don’t panic.
It’s best to get your second dose as close to the recommended interval as possible. But, if a delay is unavoidable, missing this window doesn’t mean you’ve missed your only chance of getting your second dose. It also doesn’t mean you need to start your vaccination plan completely over.
According to the CDC, when following the recommended guidelines isn’t feasible, the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can be administered up to six weeks after the first one.
Different providers may ask for different information. Your immunization records are confidential medical information. You will need to share your preferred name, date of birth, some medical history and contact information.
Please note that some medical providers do not have a separate sign-up form for COVID-19 vaccinations and therefore may ask for more information to comply with their general intake forms. This information is not shared with the state.
Boulder County Public Health will NOT use your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.
- The state health department will submit daily, anonymous COVID-19 vaccine administration data to the CDC as required.
- Personal identifiable information like your name and full address will NOT be shared with CDC.
Three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), are available. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has complete control of the distribution of all COVID-19 vaccines to local communities, including Boulder County providers. Because all vaccines are safe and effective, we encourage you to get whichever vaccine is available to you soonest, as long as you do not have any allergies or barriers to specific vaccines.
More information on the individual vaccines is available on the CDC Different COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.
The vaccine provider may have information on which vaccine they have for a specific appointment. If you already have an appointment, contact your provider for that information. Many providers are administering different vaccines, depending on availability.
Also, there are some vaccine finders that can let narrow your search of the vaccine to Pfizer, Moderna or J&J.
The COVID-19 vaccine itself is free with or without insurance.
Your medical provider may choose to have you pay an administrative fee that is around $23, but they cannot turn you away if you are eligible to get the vaccine. This fee is covered by insurance, or by the Federal Government if you do not have insurance.
The process of building immunity can cause symptoms, which is normal and shows that your body’s immune system is responding to the vaccine. Different people may experience different side effects, even if they receive the same vaccine.
If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for full protection.
For more information about the side effects of the vaccines, see the CDC’s report on what to expect after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
At your appointment, you should receive an FDA fact sheet that tells you more about the risks and benefits of the specific COVID-19 vaccine you will receive.
You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you 1) which COVID-19 vaccine you received, 2) the date you received it, and 3) the location you received it.
- Keep this card as a reminder of when you need to get your second dose, if applicable.
- The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be the same vaccine product as your first dose.
- It is very important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected at a later time.
You may experience side effects, especially after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. These symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to a vaccine. These side effects typically go away on their own after a few days.
For more information, see the following links:
- CDC: What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19
- CDC: What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- FDA: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- FDA: Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
Due to the new evidence on the Delta variant currently circulating in the United States, the CDC has provided guidance for fully vaccinated individuals who have come into close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID.
CDC recommends getting tested 3-5 days after exposure and wearing a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. You should isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID symptoms.
Additionally, the CDC now recommends that unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
Colorado is offering a new workplace vaccination program, which aims to provide workers with more opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Through the workplace vaccination program, employers, unions and trade associations of any size can request a free, on-site vaccination event. All staffing, logistics and vaccine supplies will be coordinated and provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The enrolling employer, union or trade association will just need to advertise the free, on-site vaccination opportunity to their employees or members.