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:
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