How Do I Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment?
Is it your first dose? Everyone ages 6 months and up can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approved for emergency use by the FDA and CDC for those ages 6 months to 15 years. It's fully approved for those ages 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine is fully approved for those 18 and older, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older.
Do you need a booster? Studies show that COVID-19 vaccine protection decreases over time. Boosters offer extra protection, especially against severe illness that can lead to a hospital stay or even dying from the virus.
Here is when the FDA and CDC recommend boosters, based on your age and which vaccine(s) you've already received:
- Ages 5 to 11 can get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months after the completion of their initial series. Immune-compromised children can get a booster (fourth dose).
- Ages 12+ can get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months after their second dose. If they're immune-compromised, they can get a second booster.
- Ages 18+ can get a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months after their second dose. If they're immune-compromised, they can get a second booster at least four months after their first booster. Those who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get a booster of any COVID vaccine at least two months after their first dose.
- Ages 50+ can get a second booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least four months after their first booster.
You can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Cleveland Clinic. We are not currently offering the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Pfizer booster doses can be scheduled five months after your second dose
If you received your first two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not approved in the U.S., you can schedule a Pfizer third dose or booster dose with us.
Are you immunocompromised? The FDA and CDC have approved additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain people with compromised immune systems.
- Adults ages 18 and over who received a three-dose series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine may receive a booster (fourth dose) of the vaccine at least three months after their third dose.
- Adults who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least four weeks after their initial dose. A booster dose (third dose) of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is recommended at least two months after the second dose.
- Children ages 12 to 17 who received three doses of the Pfizer vaccine may receive a fourth dose of the vaccine at least three months after their third dose.
- Children ages 5 to 11 can receive a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months after their third dose.
Extra doses can provide added protection from severe illness or death from COVID-19 in patients who may have a weakened response to vaccination due to certain medical conditions or medications. If you're eligible for additional doses and have questions, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider.
Pfizer third doses for those who are immunocompromised can be scheduled 28 days after your second dose.
Ready to make an appointment?
Cleveland Clinic continues to receive doses of the adult and pediatric Pfizer vaccines. We currently offer vaccinations to those ages 6 months and up.
For ages 6 months to 5 years, please contact your pediatrician’s office to schedule this appointment. You also may be offered a COVID-19 vaccine for your child during a regularly scheduled appointment. Those under the age of 18 who are coming to a Cleveland Clinic vaccination site must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or provide written consent from their parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.
You can schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine, booster, third dose and for children (ages 5 and up) through MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117. Our schedulers are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).
When scheduling your appointment in MyChart, follow these steps:
- Use the Schedule an Appointment feature and select COVID Vaccination Clinic - Ohio. You will be asked several questions to make sure you are scheduling the right dose.
- You'll see all available appointments slots. You may select multiple locations at once, if you'd like. Scroll down to see all available appointments.
- After selecting your preferred date and time, enter “COVID Vaccine” as the reason for your visit, review your Visit Instructions, and click Schedule.
Your appointment will be confirmed, and you can review your appointment details at any time in your MyChart account. You can also cancel and reschedule appointments, if needed.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at our dedicated vaccination sites. You may be offered a COVID-19 vaccine at a previously scheduled appointment with your primary care doctor or your child's pediatrician.
Many local retail pharmacies are also scheduling appointments for children’s vaccines and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as well.
Need help scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine at Cleveland Clinic?
Please call 216.448.4117 if you need help scheduling your vaccine.
Things to Consider Before Scheduling Your Appointment
- If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine or injectable therapy (intramuscular, intravenous, or subcutaneous), please tell the care team when you come in for your vaccination.
- If you had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, you should not receive a second booster of the same vaccine at this time.
- If you had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you may choose to delay having the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. It’s uncommon to get reinfected within 90 days after having COVID-19. Please note: You must have recovered from COVID-19 when you get the vaccine.
- If you are immunocompromised, please talk to your healthcare provider before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- If you are pregnant, suspect you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding, the CDC recommends you should be vaccinated, based on current research and safety data.
After receiving your vaccine:
Please review V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker, a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins with the CDC after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Which Cleveland Clinic Locations Are Scheduling Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines are available at our dedicated vaccination sites below, or you may be offered a COVID-19 vaccine at a previously scheduled appointment with your primary care doctor or your child's pediatrician.
18101 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Appointments only available on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. - Noon
Hillcrest North Campus (Across the street from Hillcrest Hospital)
6777 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
Appointments only available on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. - Noon
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I update MyChart to include my COVID-19 vaccination record?
MyChart displays your immunizations as documented within your Cleveland Clinic medical record. If you received your COVID-19 vaccination outside of Cleveland Clinic, please contact your primary care provider’s office for assistance. Your care team can access your vaccine record from the state registry and add it to your chart.
Which vaccine will I get? Can I choose?
The FDA and CDC have approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for emergency use in those ages 6 months and up. The Pfizer vaccine is fully approved it for those 16+. The Moderna vaccine is fully approved for those 18 and older, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for emergency use for those 18 and older.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses for ages 5 and up, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in one dose. Pfizer and Moderna's pediatric vaccines for ages 5 and up are given in two doses, 21 days apart (Pfizer) or one month apart (Moderna). For children under 5 who are eligible, the Pfizer vaccine is given in three doses, the first two doses 21 days apart, followed by a third dose at least 2 months after the second dose. Moderna's pediatric vaccine for children under age 5 is two doses, given one month apart. However, the Pfizer and Moderna pediatric vaccines both have a smaller dose than those for ages 12 and older.
We are not able to offer you a choice of which vaccine you’ll get. Cleveland Clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine at our vaccination sites across Northeast Ohio. If you got Moderna for your first dose, we recommend you contact the site where you got your first dose to schedule your next vaccination.
When and how will my second dose be scheduled?
When you complete your first vaccination appointment, your second dose appointment will be scheduled for you. Because we are only offering the Pfizer vaccine, your next appointment will be three weeks from your first appointment. If you need to change your appointment, you can do so via MyChart or by calling 216.444.2538. If you don't have MyChart, you can schedule your second dose by phone when you make your first appointment.
Can I bring a caregiver to my appointment?
Those under the age of 18 who are coming to a Cleveland Clinic vaccination site must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or provide written consent from their parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.
Adults 18 and older who need assistance can bring a caregiver with them to their vaccination appointment. Keep in mind, everyone attending the appointment must wear a mask.
Why should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccination is one of the most important ways to slow the spread of the virus and protect you from severe illness and death. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they are eligible.
Children have generally had milder cases of COVID-19, and most don’t have serious symptoms. However, some children have become severely ill from acute COVID-19 or from post-COVID-19 multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). It's important to note that children can transmit the virus, so it’s important to protect them — and those around them — by getting them vaccinated. Plus, vaccinating children will help all of us reach herd immunity and get the pandemic under control.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
Similar to the first authorized COVID-19 vaccines for adults, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines went through rigorous testing and analysis to determine their safety and effectiveness in children 6 months and up before they were made available to them. Because children’s immune systems are different than adults and change as they age, vaccines are tested and approved for different age groups. Medical trials involving children involve strict protocols to ensure their safety.
I got my first Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere. Can I get my second dose at Cleveland Clinic?
If you've gotten the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it's important to get your second dose for maximum protection. If you got the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a non-Cleveland Clinic location, we're able to schedule you for your second dose at one of our Cleveland Clinic locations.
We are currently offering the two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer at our vaccination sites across Northeast Ohio.
So, if you got Moderna for your first dose, we recommend you contact the site where you got your first dose to schedule your next vaccination. There may also be other local sites offering second doses of Moderna.
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost? If I get one that requires two doses, will I pay twice, once for each dose?
At this time, there is no charge directly to patients for the COVID-19 vaccination and its administration. It is important to note that this may change as our federal government continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. A minor charge of $37 will be billed to insurance for the administration of each vaccination.
Is the cost the same at all Cleveland Clinic locations?
At this time, yes.
Will my insurance be billed for my vaccination or will I have to pay out of pocket?
Your insurance will be billed for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination. There is no out-of-pocket charge to patients at this time.
Can I still get vaccinated at a Cleveland Clinic location, even if I don’t have insurance?
Yes, you can get vaccinated at a Cleveland Clinic location.
How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost without insurance?
At this time, there is no charge to patients for the COVID-19 vaccination and its administration.
Can I get a discount on my COVID-19 vaccine?
A discount is not necessary as there is no direct charge to patients for the COVID-19 vaccination at this time. Only insurance is charged for vaccine administration.
What do I do if I believe I received a bill in error for a COVID-19 vaccine?
We are not planning to bill patients directly for the COVID-19 vaccination or its administration at this time. As federal regulations during the pandemic may change and insurance claims are processed, please report any billing concerns to Cleveland Clinic customer service at 866.621.6385.