COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Use this chart to help determine who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose based on age or health conditions.

Vaccine providers in Monterey County

Vaccines are readily available through Monterey county clinics, doctor offices, and pharmacies.

  • 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:

Vaccines for children under 5

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed their review of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years of age. The FDA will review the data after Pfizer completes their trials and has data on a third dose of the vaccine in this age group. The results are expected in April.

Vaccines for children ages 5-11

The FDA and the CDC have approved the use of the vaccine for ages 5-11 under Emergency Use Authorization as they believe the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. Learn more.

Booster vaccines

Who should get a second booster vaccine?

If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you may get a second booster vaccine at least four months after the first booster if you are:

  • Age 12 or older with a moderately to severely compromised immune system
  • Age 50 or older

If you received a Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine as your primary dose and booster dose, you may get a second booster vaccine at least four months after the first booster vaccine if you are:

  • Age 18-49

*Note: Second boosters are currently only being administered with Pfizer and Moderna products.

Who should get a booster vaccine?

The CDC advises that everyone age 12* and older should get a booster shot.

If you received a Pfizer vaccine, you should get a booster if you:

  • Received your second dose at least five months ago
  • Are age 12 or older

If you received a Moderna vaccine, you should get a booster if you:

  • Received your second dose at least five months ago
  • Are age 18 or older

If you received a Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster if you:

  • Received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago
  • Are age 18 or older

*Pfizer is currently the only vaccine that has been approved by the CDC for ages 12 and older for either the primary series or booster.

Frequently asked questions

Should I get a booster dose?

Things to consider when deciding on whether to get a booster:

  • Risk of exposure to COVID-19
  • Risk for severe infection related to underlying conditions
  • Potential impact of COVID-19 infection

Which booster shot do I get?

CDC recommends that your booster vaccine be the same vaccine product as the one you initially received. However, mixing and matching of vaccines has been authorized.

What is the difference between a booster shot and an additional dose?

A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series and protection against the virus has decreased over time. Additional doses are administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. This additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series.

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.

Get a vaccine

Visit Monterey County Vaccines for a list of COVID-19 vaccine clinics on the Monterey Peninsula.

Make an appointment near you at California Department of Public Health's COVID-19 vaccine scheduling website.

Make an appointment

Vaccine questions?

For vaccine-related questions, see our FAQ below, or email us.

Frequently asked questions