Where can I get a vaccine?

UPDATED BOOSTERS

The FDA authorized and CDC approved updated versions of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines. These updated vaccines offer protection from the original COVID-19 virus and the currently circulating omicron variant of COVID-19. 

• Visit vaccines.gov and select “Pfizer-BioNTech Booster (age 12+)” and/or “Moderna Booster (age 18+)” to find providers with omicron doses near your zip code.

• Use the PrepMod vaccine appointment finder to find Pfizer omicron doses (select “PFR Bivalent Booster 12+YRS” when signing up for your appointment).

• Use the PrepMod vaccine appointment finder to find Moderna omicron doses (select “MOD Bivalent Booster 18+YRS” when signing up for your appointment).

• EPCPH will update this page with vaccine sites and clinics as they become available.

More locations will begin offering appointments for omicron doses in the coming days.
 
As of August 31, 2022, the previously approved vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are no longer authorized as booster doses for people aged 12 years and older. 

BOOSTER SITES

Citadel Mall
650 Citadel Dr E, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 (parking lot southwest of JC Penney)
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Moderna COVID-19 Bivalent Booster dose (ages 18-plus), Pfizer COVID-19 Bivalent Booster dose (ages 12-plus), Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (ages 6 months-plus), Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (ages 6 months-plus), Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (ages 18-plus)
Registration encouraged but walk-ups welcome. Register at https://bit.ly/3DcpPaw

BOOSTER CLINICS

Upcoming clinics will be added as they become available.


VACCINES FOR KIDS

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are now authorized for children aged 6 months and up. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for children and youth aged 16 and up. 


Need a vaccine for your child? Check for clinics below or ask your pediatrician, pharmacist or health department about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.


VACCINE CLINICS

Upcoming clinics will be added as they become available.

FIND THE NEAREST VACCINE

Letters correspond to the vaccine type: P for Pfizer, M for Moderna, N for Novavax and J for Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)


Vaccine providers

Busy schedule? Providers allow you to set an appointment for a later date that is convenient for you. Need a vaccine for your child? Ask your doctor, pharmacist or health department about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents may call Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 to receive information about the vaccine and assistance. Pikes Peak region community members can now text “vaccine” (for English) or “vacuna” (for Spanish) to 667873 to get contact information for their preferred vaccine provider.


What are the differences between the COVID-19 vaccines?

Pfizer

The Pfizer vaccine is available for anyone aged 6 months and older. Children aged 6 months - 11 years get smaller doses than people aged 12 years and older. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children.

If you get the Pfizer vaccine, you’ll need to get three doses for the highest level of protection. Some people may need four or five doses. The number and timing of follow-up doses depend on your age, medical conditions, and other factors.

Learn more about follow-up doses, or use the CDPHE calculator to find out how many doses you may need.

Pfizer’s vaccine uses genetic code called mRNA to teach your body how to fight COVID-19. Once your body has learned how to target the virus, this genetic code goes away.
 

Moderna

The Moderna vaccine is available for anyone aged 6 months and older. Children aged 6 months -11 years get smaller doses than people aged 12 years and older. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Children aged 6 months through 17 years who are not immunocompromised need two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Immunocompromised children and adults need at least three doses for the highest level of protection. Some people may need four or five doses. The number and timing of follow-up doses depend on your age, medical conditions, and other factors. Learn more about follow-up doses, or use the CDPHE calculator to find out how many doses you may need.

Moderna’s vaccine uses genetic code called mRNA to teach your body how to fight COVID-19. Once your body has learned how to target the virus, this genetic code goes away.

Novavax

The Novavax vaccine is available for adults age 18 and older. Adults need two primary doses of the Novavax vaccine, separated by by three weeks.

Novavax’s vaccine is protein-based like other familiar vaccines such as hepatitis B, HPV, pertussis and tetanus. It contains a very small amount of spike protein taken directly from the COVID-19 virus. It also contains an ingredient called an adjuvant, which boosts the immune system. The protein and the adjuvant work together to teach your immune system how to recognize and fight COVID-19. Novavax may be preferable for some people who would rather receive a vaccine other than an mRNA-based vaccine. It may also be clinically recommended for people who can’t get either Pfizer or Moderna. Novavax has not been authorized for a third dose (booster).

Johnson & Johnson

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for adults age 18 and older who can’t get vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna due to medical or accessibility reasons, or who would otherwise remain unvaccinated against COVID-19. Both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines work better to protect you from COVID-19. There is also a very rare but serious side effect associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This side effect is called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS. It can cause blood clots with low platelets, which can be dangerous. Women age 18 to 49 are more likely to get TTS after getting vaccinated, though it’s still very rare. Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines haven’t been found to cause this problem.

If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’ll need to get another dose two months after you first get vaccinated. We recommend that you get Pfizer or Moderna for this second dose if possible. Some people may also need third and fourth doses after starting with Johnson & Johnson. 

Learn more about follow-up doses, or use our calculator to find out how many doses you may need.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine uses DNA inside a harmless adenovirus to teach your body how to fight COVID-19. Once your body has learned how to target the virus, the DNA and the virus both go away.

Questions about the vaccine?

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE COVID-19 VACCINE:

CALL 2-1-1
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free, confidential vaccine referrals. Available in multiple languages.

TEXT “vaccine” (FOR ENGLISH) OR “vacuna” (FOR SPANISH) TO 667873
to get contact information for your preferred vaccine provider

COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE
1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926)
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Answers available in multiple languages.

For more information visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.

How vaccines work (Video)

I need transportation to a vaccine appointment.

Free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments may be available in your area.

  • Envida, a Colorado Springs nonprofit, is offering free rides to and from vaccine appointments for any El Paso County resident. To get access to the service, call: 719-633-4677. See more information here: https://envidacares.org/
  • Silver Key can provide rides for seniors to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. If you need help, call the ‘Silver Line’ main line 719-884-2300. Or visit Silverkey.org.
  • Learn more about options with the Fountain Valley Senior Center at fvscenter.org.

Reporting adverse events

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek immediate assistance from a healthcare provider or call 9-1-1. 

The CDC and FDA are closely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine(s) for new risks and serious side effects. We highly encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects the data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Anyone can submit a report, including parents, patients, and health care professionals. Reporting to VAERS helps the CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. 

Sign up for v-safe

CDC’s v-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.