COVID-19 vaccine

Last updated March 5, 2024

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Find a COVID-19 vaccine  Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the safest, easiest way to lower your risk of serious illness and Long COVID. Everyone aged 6 months and older is recommended to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccines available now protect against the latest variants of the COVID-19 virus.

Everyone aged 6 months and older should get a 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine. Most people only need one dose of the updated vaccine. It’s safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same appointment.

Some people may need more than one dose of a 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine:

Talking with a health care provider can help you learn more about how many doses you or your child needs and when to schedule them. However, a conversation with a health care provider is not required to get vaccinated.

Types of COVID-19 vaccines

There are three types of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax. 

Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines, which means they use temporary genetic code to teach your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus. This genetic code is harmless. It goes away once your immune system has learned what the COVID-19 virus looks like.

People aged 12 years and older who can’t or would prefer not to receive an mRNA vaccine can get Novavax. Novavax is a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine. It uses small, harmless pieces of the COVID-19 virus to teach your body how to fight the whole germ.

Find a COVID-19 vaccine

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at a local doctor’s office, local public health agency, or pharmacy. If you have health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHP+, it should cover the cost of the vaccine as long as your provider takes your insurance. 

Ask your regular health care provider if they have COVID-19 vaccines, or go to one of the websites below to find COVID-19 vaccines in your area.

CDC's vaccine finder  Pfizer's vaccine finder

Note: Pfizer's vaccine finder tool displays some providers with vaccines procured on the commercial market that do not appear on CDC's vaccine finder.

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If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover COVID-19 vaccines, you can still get vaccinated at low or no cost. 

Use the Vaccines for Children map to find a provider with low- and no-cost vaccines for eligible children aged 18 years and younger. The Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines for children who are uninsured, underinsured, on Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible, and/or Alaskan Native/American Indian.

To find a provider with low- and no-cost COVID-19 vaccines for uninsured and underinsured adults aged 18 years and older, go to vaccines.gov. Enter your ZIP code and the type(s) of COVID-19 vaccine you would like to receive. Click “Search for COVID-19 vaccines,” then check the box next to “Participating in Bridge Access Program."

Additional Bridge Access Program providers can be found at eTrueNorth’s COVID-19 Access website and on CDPHE’s Bridge Access Program map below.

Search for a vaccine provider by county

Click on the name of your county to jump to Bridge Access Program vaccine providers in that county.

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A Colorado law called Individual Access to Publicly Funded Vaccines helps make sure people can get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they don’t have health insurance or can’t afford to pay a fee.

Providers in the Vaccines for Children program and Bridge Access Program may ask you for: 

  • Health insurance. 
  • A government-issued identification card. 
  • A social security card or number. 
  • An out-of-pocket fee for the administration of the vaccine. 

You do not have to provide any of these to receive a publicly funded vaccine, even if the clinic asks for them. It is illegal for the clinic to deny you a publicly funded vaccine for not showing documents or being unable to pay a fee. Learn more about your right to get a publicly funded vaccine at no cost.