When do I need to get my second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? How do I make my appointment?
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses for you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.
- If you got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should get your second dose about 21 days after your first.
- If you got the Moderna vaccine, you should get your second dose about 28 days after your first.
The CDC recommends getting your second dose as close to the recommended schedule as possible. It is okay to get your shot four days before the recommended schedule. But if you miss your second dose, get it as soon as you can. However, if you are not able to get it close to the recommended schedule, it is okay to get it up to 42 days after your first dose. There is limited data on how effective the vaccine is, if the second dose is given after 42 days.
Try to keep your vaccine card in a safe place so you don’t lose it, like in your wallet or stored with other important documents. You can also take a picture of it with your smartphone. Carry your COVID-19 vaccination card with you in case a business or venue asks to see it.
We recommend bringing your vaccine card to your second dose appointment, but it is not required. We also recommend getting your second dose at the same place you got your first dose. This way you can be sure that you get the same vaccine.
Booster shots are recommended for everyone age 12 and older and additional doses are recommended for people who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems. Learn more about booster shots and additional doses.
Making a second dose appointment
If you make your appointment through the state website clinic staff will schedule your second dose appointment before you leave your first dose appointment. You can also schedule your own second dose appointment online or by calling 855-722-7878, but only after you go to your first dose appointment.
If you make your appointment with a pharmacy partner that has their own appointment website, they may do things a bit differently:
- Kinney Drugs schedules second dose appointments at the first dose appointment.
- CVS allows you to schedule first and second doses at the same time. Or you can schedule only your second dose. Your first dose doesn’t have to be from CVS. You will need to select which vaccine you got for your first dose to make sure you get the same vaccine for your second.
- Walgreens allows you to schedule your first and second doses at the same time, but only if there are second dose appointments available. Otherwise, neither dose appointments can be scheduled. Or you can just schedule your second dose by selecting which vaccine you got for your first dose to make sure you get the same vaccine for your second.
rescheduling or canceling your second dose appointment
For appointments made through the state website:
- If you need to cancel your appointment, please do as soon as possible. You will need to log in to your account and click on the “Cancel” button.
- If you need to reschedule your appointment, log in to your account and click on the “Reschedule” button. You can then search for and choose another appointment. Your original appointment will not be canceled if you do not find a better date, time or location.
- If you need help or are not able to cancel or reschedule your appointment online, call 855-722-7878.
For appointments made through a pharmacy’s website, contact the pharmacy if you would like to reschedule or cancel any of your appointments.