Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Find out about vaccines for children, now starting at age 6 months 

Get Your booster Shot, first or second doseFind COVID-19 Vaccines Near Your

We encourage you to get vaccinated through your health care provider, a pharmacy or anywhere you get other vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is still free at any location and widely available across the state, including second booster doses! There is no longer a registration process for clinics through the Health Department. Find a vaccine near you at
If you cannot get vaccine through any of these options, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240 and select option 8.
Walk-in vaccine clinics

If you are 12 to 17 years old, look for clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine and bring a parent or guardian with you. For children ages 5-11, look for a clinic that offers Pfizer (Ages 5-11). For younger children, look for a clinic that offers Moderna (Ages under 6). Clinics for Pfizer (Ages under 5) will be added soon.

ASL interpretation is available by video at walk-in vaccination clinics.

There will be first, second and booster doses for the vaccine type that is available at the clinic site. Check the “Vaccine Type” column to see what type of vaccine, for what ages is offered at the site.

If your business or organization would like to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic contact the state!

Stay up to date on your vaccines!

Getting vaccinated and staying up to date on vaccines is the best way to protect yourself and others against the worst effects of COVID-19, including serious illness and death. Having this level of protection is important even if risk is low or you've had COVID-19, to stay safe as we live with a changing virus.

Anyone age 5 or older should get a booster at least five months after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you are age 18 or older, your booster can be the vaccine type of your choice, no matter which vaccine you got originally. For ages 5 to 17 the booster must be Pfizer.

Certain people should also receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster:

  • People age 50 or older can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna
  • For people who are immunocompromised, those age 12 and older can receive a second booster of Pfizer and those 18 and older can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna
  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and Johnson & Johnson booster can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna

It may be helpful to get a second booster if you have (or if someone you live with has) underlying medical conditions or you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. Learn more from the CDC. If you have questions, please talk to your health care provider.

Video: Who can get a second COVID-19 booster shot
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See Frequently Asked Questions about boosters

People 12 to 17 years old

Be sure you are getting the Pfizer vaccine since that is the only vaccine that is authorized for people age 12 to 17. A child must have reached their 12th birthday to be eligible.

For any walk-in clinic, you must come to get your vaccine with a parent or guardian who can give consent or bring a completed Immunization Clinic Consent Form and completed Prevaccination Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccine (find translations for the consent and checklist).

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids
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The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine: Parent FAQs (American Academy of Pediatrics)

When to talk to your health care provider

Talk with your health care provider if you've had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine, injectable therapy, or polysorbate, or if you have questions about whether getting the vaccine is right for you because of health conditions, allergies, or other vaccines you've received recently.


Providers and pharmacies must give vaccines at no cost to the patient. They may ask for insurance information to be reimbursed, but they cannot deny vaccination based on insurance coverage or charge an office visit or other fee for vaccination. Learn more.

At a pharmacy, you may be asked for a Social Security Number and, if unavailable, a driver’s license/state ID number. In the state of Vermont, you are NOT required to provide that information and you CANNOT be turned away from getting vaccinated if you do not provide identification. If you do provide it, it will be used only for the pharmacy's reimbursement purposes.

Everyone can receive COVID-19 services, regardless of immigration status. Information you share will not be shared with immigration services and vaccinations paid for by the federal government will not impact anyone’s current or future immigration status.

Hear a message from the Chief Health Care Advocate as he explains that COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in the United States, and more about your rights.

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VACCINATION for Certain Groups

Certain Vermonters face higher risk of COVID-19 or have unique needs when it comes to vaccination. We remain committed to partnering with community organizations to offer clinics to these Vermonters and working to achieve equitable access to vaccines.

Vermonters who are homebound — meaning you are not able to leave your home for scheduled medical or non-medical appointments — can get the vaccine in your home. Reach out to your local home health agency, or if you are not in the service of a home health agency, you may request an appointment by calling 802-863-7240 (toll-free 833-722-0860) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or a person of color, including anyone with Abenaki or other First Nations heritage) and looking for support in finding a vaccine or getting vaccinated, contact the Vermont Health Equity Initiative.

If you are interested in learning about clinics for English language learners or immigrant/refugee community members, please contact the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV) at 802-985-3106.

Learn more about working toward equity


Additional doses are different from booster shots.  The CDC recommends that anyone age 5 and older who has a moderately to severely compromised immune system should get an additional dose of the vaccine before getting their booster shot

Learn more about additional doses

Frequently asked questions

Before Your Vaccine

After Your Vaccine

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