Last updated December 6, 2023
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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 variants of the COVID-19 virus expected to most likely spread during the fall and winter of 2023-2024.
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.
Immunocompromised people and children aged 6 months through 4 years may need more than one dose of the 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.
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.
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.
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.