What You Need To Know About COVID-19*

At CareMore, the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones is our top priority. When you meet with one of our healthcare providers, whether virtually or in a care center, you can feel confident that they are taking every precaution to protect you from the virus that causes COVID-19, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other federal, state and local agencies.

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Protect Yourself

The CDC is a trusted source for up-to-the-minute news and guidance about COVID-19. Helpful links to key information include:

Symptoms and testing

What to do if you are sick

COVID-19 Frequently asked questions

How to protect yourself and others

Are you at higher risk for severe illness?

What is the difference between a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot?

A third dose is critically necessary for people with weakened immune systems. Without it, they are not considered fully vaccinated because they may not develop the same level of protection as with the initial two doses. A booster shot helps the general population maintain protection against COVID-19, since the effectiveness of the vaccine is shown to decrease over time.

Who can get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

We strongly recommend that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. You’re eligible if you received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago and if you:

  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, like DiGeorge syndrome and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.
  • Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Are being treated for cancerous tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ or stem cell transplant within the last two years and are taking medicine to suppress your immune system.
  • Are taking high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Who should get a booster shot?

As of October 26, 2021, booster shots are available for all three COVID-19 vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

If you received two initial doses of either Pfizer or Moderna, you should get a booster if:

  • It has been at least six months since your second dose.
  • You are 65 years and older.
  • You are 18 years or older and have underlying medical conditions, live in a long-term care setting, or work or live in a high-risk environment.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster shot if you are 18 years or older and it has been at least two months since your initial single dose.

Can I mix and match the COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. It’s okay if your booster shot is a different vaccine type than your initial doses – unless you are immunocompromised. In this instance, your third dose should be the same as your previous ones.

Are doses the same for boosters as they are for the initial vaccine?

Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson booster shots are the same dose as their initial vaccines. The Moderna booster is half the dose of its first two shots, although immunocompromised individuals will be administered a third full dose of the vaccine instead of a booster.

Do I need to receive a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated?

No. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, a booster shot will help extend your protection since effectiveness of the vaccine decreases over time.

Can you get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine, such as the flu shot?

Yes. If you plan to get more than one vaccine during a single visit, they should be administered in different injection sites.

If I get the vaccine, can I still get COVID-19?

People with conditions that weaken the immune system are more likely to get COVID-19 after vaccination, also known as a breakthrough infection. However, getting the shot will decrease your chances of contracting COVID-19 and having serious symptoms that may require hospitalization.

Can I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine at a CareMore Care Center flu event?

Yes. You can get your initial two COVID-19 vaccine doses, a third dose, or a booster shot (if you’re eligible) during a flu event at a CareMore Care Center while vaccine supplies last.

If You Have Symptoms

If you feel sick, have a fever, cough, or a hard time breathing, please contact CareMore. You can also call CareMore Anytime at 1-800-589-3148.

Our Safety Measures

  • Care Center visitors are required to wear a mask correctly (over nose and mouth) at all times. If you don't have a mask, one will be provided to you.
  • New air filters and plexiglass dividers at all CareMore Care Centers.
  • Clinicians and staff use the required personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, face masks, gloves, and gowns.
  • Social distancing is strictly observed, and waiting room seating has been reconfigured to allow ample room between chairs.

An appointment is recommended before you come to a Care Center, because we monitor patient traffic to help keep you safe. Please call your local Care Center to make an appointment today. Keeping up with your regular visits, health screenings and getting an annual flu shot are important to keeping you feeling your very best.

Stress, Anxiety and COVID-19

  • Take actions to lower your risk of exposure - Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before touching your eyes, nose and mouth; disinfect your home and work area.
  • Make healthy choices - Eat nutritious food, exercise, limit alcohol consumption and make sleep a priority.
  • Stay connected with family and friends via phone or video chats so you’re not socially isolated.
  • Get informed by learning the facts - The news isn’t always accurate, so be sure to get your information from the CDC and the World Health Organization.

We’re always here for you. For health-related questions or concerns, including help with food access, call CareMore Anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-589-3148. 

* This information is current as of the date of publication. Because CDC guidelines are frequently changing, visit cdc.gov for the latest updates or talk with your healthcare provider.