Your guide to the COVID-19 vaccine

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Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine

Find out how the vaccines work, how we know they’re safe, and what we're doing to ensure everyone has access.

I got the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Learn how to stay safe and help protect others after you’ve been vaccinated.

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Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 vaccinations

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Will there be a cost for the vaccine?

No. Kaiser Permanente won’t charge its members or employees for the vaccine. Vaccine doses purchased with taxpayer dollars are required by the federal government to be given at no cost. 

Can I get the vaccine outside of Kaiser Permanente?

Yes. You’ll be able to get the vaccine from any facility that has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine provider by its state department of health. Non–Kaiser Permanente members will also be able to get the vaccine through Kaiser Permanente at no cost. 

We are accessing state immunization registries to update our members’ records with their COVID-19 vaccinations received outside of Kaiser Permanente. However, if you’d like to send us your information directly, you can go online to to email a photo or copy of your vaccination record card to your doctor’s office. Click on the “Attach an image” link at the bottom of the message to add your photo or scanned copy.

How should I prepare for my vaccine appointment?

On the day of your vaccination, dress comfortably in clothing that makes it easy to expose your upper arm. Some clinics may be located outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. You can expect to have some waiting time, including an observation period of up to 30 minutes after your vaccination.   

If you’re coming for your second dose, make sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card.   

A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18 to their vaccine appointment. You might be asked for your child’s photo ID (such as a school ID card or passport) and proof of age (such as a birth certificate).   

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

Members 18 and older can now choose between single-dose or two-dose vaccines when making appointments on The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and older and continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for an additional dose in certain immunocompromised people.

If you have concerns about the vaccine you’re offered when you arrive for your appointment, we have clinical staff available to answer your questions.

Will the vaccine require more than one injection?

Due to changes in vaccine supply, we’re not able to offer all approved COVID-19 vaccines at all sites where we deliver them. We’re currently working to update our system to allow people to choose between a single dose or two-dose vaccine when making appointments. We’re also working to ensure that we have the vaccines available to accommodate people who shouldn’t get a particular vaccine due to allergies or other reasons. 

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 12 to 17. Right now, Kaiser Permanente is only vaccinating people 16 and older. We plan to open appointments to children 12 to 15 later this week. We’re currently awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on administering the vaccine safely to this younger age group.

If you have concerns about the vaccine you’re offered when you arrive for your appointment, we have clinical staff available to answer your questions.

Will I need a booster shot or an additional dose for COVID-19?
The US Department of Health and Human Services has prepared plans to be ready to offer booster shots to fully vaccinated people this Fall. We are awaiting FDA approval and formal clinical guidance from the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on who should receive booster shots. Currently, federal officials have indicated that booster shots may be offered first to individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including health care providers, nursing home residents, and seniors. At this time, additional doses for fully vaccinated people are only available to those who are significantly immunocompromised. Additional information is available on the FDA and CDC websites.

COVID-19 vaccines at Kaiser Permanente

Safety and effectiveness

Get fact-based information from medical experts that proves COVID-19 vaccines are safe and

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Equity and accessibility

See how we’re working to make COVID-19 vaccines available to the people and communities that need it most.

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Member stories

Hear from real Kaiser Permanente members and staff about their experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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