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Where To Get Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on April 5th, 2023

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Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, PharmD

As the world continues to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, governments, health organizations, and individuals alike are working together to ensure the health and safety of everyone. One way that individuals can protect themselves and others is by getting vaccinated against the virus.

With the recent emergence of new variants, many countries and health organizations have recommended that individuals who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine consider getting a booster shot. If you are looking for a location to receive your booster shot, here are some tips to help you find the best location for you.

How do I find locations offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters?

1. Ask your healthcare provider.

The first step in finding a location to receive your booster shot is to consult with your healthcare provider. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can provide you with advice on whether a booster shot is necessary, as well as recommendations on where to receive the vaccine.

2. Check with your local public health department.

Another way to find a location to receive your booster shot is to contact your local public health department. Many health departments have information on their websites about vaccination clinics in your area, including those that offer booster shots. You can also call your local health department to speak with a representative and get more information.

3. Visit pharmacy and grocery store websites. Many pharmacies and grocery stores offer COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots. Check their websites to see if they offer the booster shot and to make an appointment.

4. Use vaccine finder tools. Several online tools are available to help you find vaccination locations near you. These tools allow you to search for vaccination clinics and pharmacies that offer COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots. Examples of such tools include and

5. Keep an eye out for vaccination events. In some cases, vaccination clinics may hold events in your community where you can receive a COVID-19 booster shot. These events may be advertised in local newspapers, on social media, or through other means of communication. Be sure to check with your local health department or sign up for alerts to receive notifications about upcoming vaccination events in your area.

Is there cost involved in getting my COVID-19 booster?

Booster shots are usually covered by your health insurance, just like the initial vaccinations were. Still, it pays to double check with your doctor and the clinic before making an appointment.

What are examples of COVID-19 boosters?

The current COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use or FDA-Approved in the United States are Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen.

How long does it take to develop maximum immunity after a COVID-19 booster?

It takes about two weeks after getting a booster shot for your body to build up its maximum defenses.

What should I expect while scheduling my COVID-19 booster appointment?

While scheduling your COVID-19 booster appointment, the CDC offers advice on what to expect.

Do I need my original vaccination card to get COVID-19 booster?

When you go for your booster, the CDC recommends bringing your initial vaccination card because many vaccination centers will require either the card or a picture of the card. The card will be used to determine information such as your vaccination date, time, and brand of booster vaccine.

Check out our helpful guides on how to schedule your COVID-19 booster in pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid.

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