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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

Last updated: January 14, 2022

Pfizer vaccines and boosters are available by appointment for established patients in our Primary Care centers. Schedule an appointment using MyChart. Patients under age 18 must accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive a vaccination or booster at Henry Ford. If you are not a Henry Ford patient or you would like other options for vaccination, we encourage you to visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine.

What’s Changing?

On Wednesday, Jan 19:

  • Patients 16 and older can schedule a booster of Pfizer 5 months after the second dose.

Coming in February:

  • Patients ages 12 – 15 years can be scheduled for a booster 5 months after the second dose.
  • Patients ages 5 – 11 years who are moderately/severely immunocompromised can be scheduled for a third dose 28 days after the second shot.

COVID-19 Boosters

Henry Ford offers boosters of Pfizer to established patients at our Primary Care centers. Schedule an appointment for a booster using MyChart.
Here’s what to know:

  • Ages 16+ who were vaccinated with Pfizer at least 5 months ago can receive a booster shot. (Coming in February: Patients ages 12-15 years can also receive a Pfizer booster 5 months after their second shot.)
  • Ages 18+ who were vaccinated with Moderna at least 5 months ago can receive a Pfizer booster shot. (Coming Wednesday, Jan. 19: You will be able to schedule an appointment for a booster of Pfizer if your second dose of Moderna was 5 months ago.)
  • Ages 18+ who were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson at least 2 months ago can receive a booster shot of any vaccine.
  • Regardless of the vaccine you already received, if you are 18+ you can receive any vaccine for your booster shot.
  • Henry Ford offers the Pfizer vaccine and boosters.

Special Instructions for Immunocompromised People

Immunocompromised people ages 5+ who received Pfizer: If you are fully vaccinated with Pfizer, 28 days after your second shot, you can receive a third dose. (You will be able to schedule an appointment at Henry Ford in February.)

Immunocompromised people ages 12+ who received Pfizer: 5 months after the third dose, you can receive a booster (fourth shot). The booster (fourth shot) must be Pfizer for ages 12 years to 17 years of age, and can be any of the available vaccines for those 18 years and older. (You will be able to schedule an appointment at Henry Ford in February.)

Immunocompromised people ages 18+ who received Moderna: If you received two doses of Moderna, 28 days after your second shot, you can receive a third, full dose. Five months after the third dose, you can receive a booster of any of the available vaccines. The Moderna booster is a half dose. Please note that Henry Ford does not offer Moderna vaccine. (Patients who received Moderna and would like a booster 5 months after their third dose will be able to schedule it in February.)

Immunocompromised people ages 18+ who received Johnson & Johnson: You can receive a booster of any available vaccine two months after the original dose.

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