How many doses do I need?

There are multiple COVID vaccines, so be sure to check with your medical provider for specific instructions. The Pfizer vaccine requires two (2) doses, with the second dose given at least 21 days after the first one. The Moderna vaccine also requires two (2) doses, with the second dose given 28 days after the first one. It’s important to make sure you get both doses of the same vaccine brand in order for the vaccine to be most effective. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is a single dose. 

Third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been recommended for certain immunocompromised individuals. Booster shots for the general public may be available in the coming months, as well.

Health care providers in Washington can now offer third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. If you believe you may qualify for a third dose at this time, please talk with your primary health care provider.

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1. How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
2. Is the vaccine safe?
3. What are the side effects from the vaccine?
4. What adverse reactions were reported for the vaccine?
5. Will the vaccine give me COVID?
6. How many doses do I need?
7. How do I know if a message or email offering vaccination options is legitimate?
8. When will I get vaccinated?
9. Who should get the vaccine?
10. If I had COVID, should I still get vaccinated?
11. Do I get to choose which vaccine I get?
12. Once I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
13. How soon can we get back to pre-pandemic activities?
14. How does the vaccine work?
15. Does the vaccine change my DNA or implant a chip?
16. What is in the vaccine?
17. Where do I find accurate info about the COVID vaccine?
18. Where can I get my COVID-19 Vaccine Record?