COVID-19 vaccines

Montage Health is not currently offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics to the public, as vaccines are readily available through county clinics, doctor offices, and pharmacies. To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic and to make an appointment visit www.mcvaccinate.com. We thank our staff, volunteers, community partners, and Montage Wellness Center for helping to vaccinate more than 59,000 community members this year.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

Montage Health patients: Guidance to your doctors on COVID-19 booster vaccines

Montage Health is closely monitoring and responding to the rapidly changing federal regulations and scientific evidence supporting additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccines for eligible individuals. 

We are following CDC and FDA guidelines for the currently authorized additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine in certain populations, including specific age groups, those with certain medical conditions, and those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings. 

Guidelines are expected to be approved for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in the coming days.

Montage Health’s electronic health record, MyChart, identifies eligible patients based on the rules set by the CDC and FDA. 

These rules are based on documentation about your health history within the system. Your doctor may have received a health maintenance alert that, according to your history, indicates it is your time for the third vaccine. 

If you are notified about the Covid-19 vaccine being due through MyChart and believe this information is incorrect, please contact your primary care provider to discuss your options.

Who is approved for a COVID-19 booster, or third vaccine?

The following individuals are approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a third Pfizer vaccine:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks. People who are at an increased risk for exposure to COVID-19 include frontline healthcare workers, teachers, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons.

This updated interim booster vaccine guidance from the CDC applies only to those who have already received the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC has yet to provide guidance on booster vaccines for those who have already received the Moderna or Jansen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Read more on the CDC's statement on ACIP Booster recommendations.

COVID-19 vaccine providers in Monterey County

Vaccine providers in Monterey County* include:

  • Monterey County Health Department
  • Pharmacies including CVS, Safeway, Lucky’s, Walgreens, Costco, and some independent pharmacies
  • Doctors’ offices — check with your primary care doctor or pediatrician
  • Health clinics — call your local public health clinic
  • VNA Immunization Clinic (includes free vaccines for those home-bound) — call (831) 648-3777 to make an appointment

* Most locations require an appointment via phone or website. If you do not have computer access, you can call the site directly or call 2-1-1 to make an appointment at participating sites.

Other ways to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Which COVID-19 vaccines are FDA approved?

On August 23, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals 12-15 years of age and under EUA for Moderna for individuals 18 years of age and older.* The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will now be known as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee).

The FDA has not yet authorized emergency use of a COVID-19 supplemental (booster) vaccine for the general public. The FDA has authorized an additional-dose COVID-19 vaccine only for those who are immunocompromised, and the CDC has defined criteria for who fits in that category. Read more on who is eligible for an additional-dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

*EUAs can be used by the FDA during public health emergencies to provide access to medical products that may be effective in preventing, diagnosing, or treating a disease, provided that the FDA determines that the known and potential benefits of a product, when used to prevent, diagnose, or treat the disease, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. FDA-approved vaccines undergo the agency’s standard process for reviewing the quality, safety, and effectiveness of medical products.

Can I get an additional dose or COVID-19 booster vaccine?

The CDC recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommends a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings—this includes frontline healthcare workers, teachers, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons. See above for a full list of individuals that are approved by the CDC for a third Pfizer vaccine.

We encourage those who fit the criteria, and would like to receive a third shot, to talk with their healthcare provider to see if an additional dose is appropriate for them.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine doses for people whose immune systems are compromised, visit the California Department of Public Health FAQ page.

How can I request a copy of my COVID-19 vaccine record?

MyChart, Montage Health's online health record, now has a new feature. MyChart users who received a COVID-19 vaccination from a Montage Health provider, can now provide full proof of vaccination with the state-approved QR code, or as a printable pdf. Patients of Montage Health can access MyChart to visit your MyChart account and click on your COVID-19 vaccination record to get started.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health has created a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Portal from which anyone who received their COVID-19 vaccination in California can request a digital copy of their vaccine record.

About

The digital COVID-19 vaccine record is an electronic record that is generated from the data stored in the California immunization registry. It includes the same information as your paper CDC vaccine card: your name, date of birth, vaccination dates, and details about the vaccine you received. It also includes a QR code that, when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader, displays the same information as your paper CDC vaccine card and also confirms that your vaccine record is an official record of the state of California.

The digital vaccine record serves as valid proof of your vaccination status and can be used instead of your paper vaccine card. The QR code can be stored on your mobile phone by screenshotting it and saving it to your camera roll. It can also be printed from your computer.

Troubleshooting

The digital vaccine record requires a mobile phone number and/or an email address to be associated with your record in the California immunization database in order for it to be delivered to you. If you were vaccinated in California and have trouble obtaining your digital vaccine record, it may be because your record does not include a mobile phone number or email address.

If you received your vaccination from Montage Health, you can request that this information be added to your record in the California immunization database by emailing covidvaccine@montagehealth.org. To ensure your record is updated accurately, please include the following details:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address (your personal email, not your work email)

Upon receipt of your request, we will update your record within one business day and notify you when the update has been completed. It typically takes 24 hours for the change to take effect in the state system, so please wait at least one day before attempting to retrieve your digital vaccine record after you have received confirmation that your record has been updated.

Montage Health patients: Guidance to your doctors on COVID-19 booster vaccines

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For vaccine-related questions, call (831) 622-8001 or email us.

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