An Update on COVID-19 Booster Shots

Dec 16, 2021 | 2021, Access

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot recommendations to include individuals ages 16 and 17.

A booster shot is given to individuals when the immune system response to the primary vaccine series has likely decreased over time. This will help provide stronger protection against COVID-19, particularly in light of the new variant.

Previously, the CDC had issued COVID-19 booster shot recommendations for all individuals age 18 and older. This new guidance expands booster eligibility to all individuals age 16 and older who completed their initial Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series at least six months prior. As a reminder, parental or guardian consent is required for individuals age 17 and under.

Individuals Age 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot

Covid-19 vaccine and booster table.

COVID-19 Appointments

Sutter Health Plus covers COVID-19 vaccines for our members, including additional doses or booster shots, even when administered out-of-network. Vaccinations are offered at multiple locations across the Sutter Health Plus service area. Members can check appointment availability through:

  • Network pharmacies
  • The Sutter Health COVID-19 Vaccine appointment line at 844-987-6115
  • Sutter’s patient portal, My Health Online
  • My Turn, California’s COVID-19 vaccine scheduling portal

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Test Results

Members who received their COVID-19 vaccination(s) or testing with Sutter can view and share proof of their COVID-19 vaccination(s) or test results easily from My Health Online. After signing in, members can click the Menu button, scroll to My Record and select COVID-19 to view details. Visit Sutter’s COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page for more information.

Additionally, all members can go to California’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record site to get a link to a QR code and digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record.

Vaccination Progress

With the increasing vaccine eligibility and supply, the total number of eligible Californians (age five and older) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now tops 70%, according to the state. Additionally, 40% of eligible Californians have already received a booster shot.

Additional Resources
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