Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, booster in San Antonio

Vaccinations are now available without appointments in many locations

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

For more information on where to get tested for COVID-19 in San Antonio, click here. Find vaccine pop-up clinics here.

While many things are returning to a more normal state, COVID-19 remains a global pandemic.

COVID-19 cases have dropped to low levels after the winter surge of the omicron variant. But infections are rising as people head into the summer season.

About two-thirds of Americans are fully vaccinated, but half of those eligible for a first booster haven’t gotten one. Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated if they have yet to do so.

On March 29, the FDA authorized another COVID-19 booster for people age 50 and older. It allows for a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to that age group at least four months after their previous booster.

Where people 50 and older can get their 2nd COVID-19 booster in San Antonio

The FDA also cleared a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds and a fifth dose for people 12 and older who have severely weakened immune systems.

The U.S. currently has three COVID-19 vaccines available — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for those 5 years of age and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are for those at least 18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boosters are recommended for everyone 18 and older, and the Pfizer booster is allowed for children as young as 12. Read the latest guidance from the CDC here.

Vaccines are now widely available and appointments are not needed in many places.

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccines come from the federal government to the states to be distributed. Texas distributes its allotted vaccines to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.

The state health department has a vaccine finder on its website here, and Vaccines.gov also has a locator for people across the country.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster

The city’s drive-through vaccination site at the Alamodome closed in March, but there are still many pop-up vaccination clinics. For more information, click here. For people here in San Antonio, here’s where to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

You may be able to find the vaccine through your primary care physician or other healthcare providers. You can call your providers to see if they have any available.

Retailers with pharmacies including Walgreens, CVS, H-E-B, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Target are also offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Visit the retailer’s website for more information.

University Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at several pharmacy locations. An appointment or registration isn’t needed. Locations include:

An adult family member or guardian must accompany children to provide written consent for the vaccination. Read more here.

Keep up with the latest vaccine news here.

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