COVID-19 Vaccine

Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines that may prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are an important step toward stemming the worldwide pandemic. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects, the benefits of being vaccinated and the information we have about how the general public will get vaccinated.


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Call 216-983-0012 to schedule a vaccine.
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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University Hospitals and COVID-19 Vaccines

University Hospitals is committed to providing vaccinations in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). UH has the equipment and expertise necessary to store, distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

We are currently vaccinating people age 12 or older. Those who are ages 12 to 17 must bring to the vaccination appointment a printed and completed consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

After receiving the vaccine, you will need to stay for 15 minutes for observation, and then will receive a card stating you have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please know you must have a scheduled appointment with us to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are unable at this time to vaccinate people on a drop-in basis.


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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna for a select group of the U.S. population with weakened immune systems.

Based on the FDA’s emergency use authorization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a third dose of vaccine for patients who have moderate to severe immunosuppression.

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for the general public are not yet recommended at this time.

Patients with moderate to severe immunosuppression are more than 400 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than the general vaccinated population because they do not have as strong an immune response to COVID-19 vaccine as other vaccinated patients. A third dose is not recommended for patients who have mild associated immunosuppression from chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease

The third-dose vaccines are authorized to be administered at least 28 days after the two-dose regimen of the same vaccine for people age 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine and people age 12 and older for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. These people must have had a solid organ transplant or have been diagnosed with a condition considered to have an equivalent level of moderate to severe immune compromise:

  • Active or recent treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ or recent hematopoietic stem cell transplants
  • Severe primary immunodeficiency
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers and other biologic agent that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
  • Chronic medical conditions such as asplenia and chronic renal disease that may be associated with varying degrees of immune deficit

At this time, there is not enough data regarding a second dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. Also, there is no data on the effects of mixing vaccines from different manufacturers.

A physician order is not required to receive a booster shot, which can be obtained from a local pharmacy or other location. To schedule your vaccine with UH, please call 216-983-0012. You will need to identify which vaccine you received previously so we can schedule your appointment on the appropriate day.


COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects and how your child can get vaccinated at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s.

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Concerned About Health Insurance or Immigration Status?

COVID-19 vaccines are 100 percent free for every individual who lives in the United States, even if you do not have insurance.

UH charges an administrative fee to cover the costs of administering the COVID-19 vaccine, which usually is paid for by insurance. When a patient is uninsured, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Uninsured Program pays the fee.

There is no charge to a patient for the vaccine.

In addition, everyone is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, whatever their immigration status. Vaccinations paid for by the federal government will not affect anyone’s immigration status and information will not be shared with immigration agencies, according to the HRSA.

You do not need to provide a Social Security Number or government ID to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.


I Received the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. Should I Be Concerned?

The CDC and FDA have lifted the temporary pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and is again recommending its use.

However, women younger than age 50 should be aware of a rare but increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome with the vaccine, the CDC says. The CDC and FDA received reports of this rare and serious type of blood clot with low platelets that developed in six people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Nearly all were adult women younger than age 50.

The six cases developed out of nearly 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines that have been given across the United States.

The CDC recommends continued use of the vaccine after a review of the available data, which shows the vaccine's known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks.

If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than three weeks, ago, know that your risk of developing a blood clot is very low.

If you got this vaccine within the last three weeks, your risk of developing a blood clot also is very low. However, be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot:

  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Pain in your abdomen (chest or stomach)
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Shortness of breath

Get medical care right away if you have any of these symptoms and got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the last few weeks. If you have any questions at all, call your health care provider.


I’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. Now What?

People who have been fully vaccinated can add back some activities that were stopped because of the pandemic. Other habits will need to be maintained for now to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

You’re fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Until the time that you are fully vaccinated, continue with these precautions:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • Stay six feet away from others who don’t live with you
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer

In addition, if you’ve been fully vaccinated but then are around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

Continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home and away from others.

You also will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

I lost my printed vaccination records. How do I access them?

A copy of your vaccination records can be accessed through MyUHCare or requested from UH Medical Records.

How To Get Vaccinated at University Hospitals


Call Today to Schedule

Call 216-983-0012 to schedule a vaccine.
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Clinical leaders at University Hospitals believe that these vaccines, which were thoroughly vetted by the FDA, are recommended for the protection of each individual and the community against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccines were studied in clinical trials for safety and efficacy according to rigorous standards set by the FDA before being made available for public use. Study protocols and results are available to the public to ensure transparency.

What You Need To Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Is One Vaccine Better Than Another?

In clinical trials, all authorized vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

It’s difficult to directly compare the vaccines, in large part because their efficacy was measured at different times and in different ways.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinical trial occurred when new coronavirus variants emerged because of changes to the virus. Some variants have been shown to be more contagious, and in some cases are associated with more severe disease and death. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine clinical trials were concluded before variants were widely tracked.

They measured if the vaccine stops you from getting sick with COVID-19, if it stops you from getting very sick or severely ill, if it prevents hospitalizations from severe COVID-19 infection, and if it stops you from dying from COVID-19.

According to the clinical trial data, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine significantly decreases the risk of severe COVID-19 (by 86 percent) and death from COVID-19 (by 100 percent). Similarly, in clinical trials, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Should I Still Get Vaccinated If…

I’m Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

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Pregnant and breastfeeding women may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please discuss the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine with your health care provider. Learn more about pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Immunocompromised?

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People who are immunocompromised are not excluded from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Please consult your health care provider if you have questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Allergic to Vaccine Components?

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According to the Pfizer BioNTech EUA Fact Sheet or the Moderna EUA Fact Sheet both vaccines are contraindicated in people who are severely allergic (anaphylactic) to any vaccine components. Please consult your health care provider if you have questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Younger Than Age 12?

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The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people age 12 and older. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for use in people age 18 and older.

I’ve Already Had COVID?

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COVID-19 vaccine is available to those who were previously diagnosed with the virus. If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, you may need to wait to receive the vaccine. Please discuss whether you should have the vaccine with your health care provider.

I’m in Cancer Treatment?

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People with cancer can get a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. If you have an allergic reaction to any cancer treatment, talk with your cancer doctor (oncologist) before getting vaccinated. Also, be sure to talk with your oncologist if you are in treatment about the timing of when you get the vaccine. There is no data to suggest the vaccine should affect your cancer treatment; however, some cancer treatments may affect how well the vaccine works. Your doctor may suggest you get the vaccine between cancer treatments to help it work best and reduce risks. You can learn more on the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/COVID-19. Learn more about cancer patients and COVID-19.

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