Media Resources and Information on COVID-19 Vaccines at Cleveland Clinic

Updated: November 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

Vaccination is an important step in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorized vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19. We encourage everyone eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.  

Vaccine appointments may be limited, but we are vaccinating Cleveland Clinic patients and Ohio residents ages 5 and older, including booster vaccines and third doses for patients with compromised immune systems.

We are committed to vaccinating our patients and our community. COVID-19 vaccines are administered at designated vaccination clinics and primary care offices across the communities we serve in Northeast Ohio. Vaccines can be scheduled through MyChart or by calling 216-448-4117. Our schedulers are available Tuesday-Friday from 9am-4pm (ET). Individuals interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a Cleveland Clinic vaccination site, should visit our vaccination website for more information on the process.

Cleveland Clinic patients with scheduled primary care appointments at certain locations may also be offered a COVID-19 vaccine during their appointment.

How Can I Recieve a Third Dose or Booster Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Third doses for immunocompromised:

The FDA and CDC have approved a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain individuals with compromised immune systems who received their first two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.) These doses must be given at least 28 days after the second dose. The CDC and FDA say a third dose is safe and can provide added protection from severe illness or death from COVID-19 in individuals who may have a weakened response to vaccination due to certain medical conditions or medications. 

If you’re eligible for a third dose and have questions, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider.

Booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine:

The FDA and CDC  have approved booster doses for all adults 18 years and older, at least six months after their initial two Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Booster doses are recommended for:

  • Individuals ages 65 and older.
  • Individuals in long-term care settings.
  • Individuals ages 50 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe COVID-19.

Those who are also eligible to receive booster doses include:

  • Individuals ages 18 and older.
  • Individuals ages 18 to 49 who have underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 after review of individual benefit.
  • Individuals in institutional settings, or those who have an occupational risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine: 

A booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been approved by the FDA and CDC for individuals ages 18 and older. A booster dose may be given at least two months after the initial one-dose vaccine.

We are not currently offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Cleveland Clinic locations — instead you can receive a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

Is a third dose for people with compromised immune systems different than a booster dose? 

  • For individuals with compromised immune systems, a third dose is recommended and must be given at least 28 days after the second dose.  
  • For individuals who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and meet certain requirements, a booster dose can be given at least six months following the second dose. 
  • The dose of vaccine administered is the same. The only difference is the appropriate timing of administration 

For the latest info on vaccination appointments, patients can go to: clevelandclinic.org/covidvaccine

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