COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at El Paso County Public Health for limited age groups and insurance types. Call 719-578-3199, option 5 to learn more. Pharmacies and doctors' offices are also offering COVID-19 vaccines.

What you need to know

The FDA authorized and CDC approved newly updated formulations of COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. These vaccines protect against the COVID-19 variants anticipated to most likely circulate during the 2023-24 respiratory virus season.

The previous versions of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized for use in the United States. If you had an upcoming appointment to receive one of these vaccines, contact your provider about rescheduling so you can receive the newly updated vaccine instead.

  • Side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine are common, however severe allergic reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are rare.

Need a vaccine?

  • Ask your health care provider or pharmacist about scheduling a vaccine.
  • Visit to find providers with vaccines in your area code.
  • Call Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 to receive information about the vaccine and assistance.
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Guidance for adults

Adults should receive the updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine dose to be best protected from severe illness. If you are not yet vaccinated, you should complete the updated series as soon as possible. If you have been previously vaccinated you should get an updated vaccine, at least two months after your last dose. All adults should aim for vaccination by the end of October.

Guidance for children and teens

Children over the age of 6 months should receive at least one updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the recommended vaccination series. If your child has not previously received a COVID-19 vaccine they should complete the updated series as soon as possible. All child caregivers should speak with their respective healthcare provider(s) about vaccination by the end of October. Learn more about vaccines for children and sign up for an appointment for your child.

  • Many vaccine providers take appointments for children. Use the maps on the vaccine finder page to find a pediatric provider near you.

Guidance for older adults and those with compromised immune systems

CDC recommends adults ages 65 years and older to speak with their healthcare provider about receiving a second dose. People with immunocompromised systems are recommended to receive a second dose, and potentially additional doses, of the updated COVID-19 vaccine for increased immune protection, with the approval of their healthcare provider.

Why is COVID-19 immunization valuable for your community?

The updated vaccines were created to more closely target currently circulating strains of coronavirus. These vaccines significantly reduce the risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications and hospitalization, ultimately protecting against avoidable severe illness or death.