Gila River Health Care recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
GRIC and Ak-Chin Indian Community tribal enrolled members and their household members (regardless of tribal affiliation), all federally recognized members, GRIC essential employees and their household members, and community enterprise employees and their household members.
Ages 6 Months – 4 Years Old:
Option for getting your child vaccinated:
• By appointment only with same-day appointments available
To schedule an appointment, call (520) 562-3321 Ext. 7337
Ages 5 Years and Above:
Options for getting your child vaccinated:
• Walk-in at any Primary Care Department
• Schedule an appointment with the Primary Care Department
• Walk in at any Community Vaccine Event
First Booster (3rd Dose)
Everyone ages 5 years and older should get their first booster after five (5) months of completing their COVID vaccine primary series.
Second Booster (4th Dose)
Adults ages 50 years and older should receive their second booster after four (4) months of completing the first booster dose (3rd dose).
Other Booster Eligibility For Special Populations:
• Second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is available at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose for adults ages 18-49 years (those who received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series dose and first booster dose).
• Second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is available at least 4 months after the first booster dose for people ages 12 years and older with weakened immune systems.
Novavax Vaccine Now Available
Novavax is a protein subunit vaccine and manufactured utilizing the same technology used for decades in vaccines for influenza, Hepatitis B and HPV.
• Two (2) dose series
• Three (3) to (8) eight weeks apart
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
• Individuals 12 years and older
Who can receive it?
• Individuals who have not had a previous COVID-19 vaccine
What does immunocompromised mean?
The immune system is responsible for protecting you against germs, bacteria, viruses, and other invaders that can make you sick. “Immunocompromised” means a person has a weakened immune system or may be taking medications or therapies that suppress their immune system and make them vulnerable to infections.
Why are people with a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) especially vulnerable to COVID-19?
They may not have enough protection against COVID-19 after just 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the protection they do have from receiving the vaccine may decline over time.
If I am immunocompromised and may have encountered someone with COVID-19, what should I do?
Get tested immediately if you are having symptoms or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19. If someone in your home has tested positive, isolate yourself from that individual. For COVID-19 exposures outside of the home, test 3-5 days after exposure. Timely detection of the COVID-19 virus is needed for appropriate treatment of patients with weakened immune systems.
Who is considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised?
IMPORTANT: Contact your primary care provider, Rheumatologist, organ transplant doctor or Oncologist/cancer doctor for any questions and to determine if you qualify for the 4th dose (sometimes referred to as a 2nd booster) of COVID-19 vaccine.
Clarification of Existing Recommendation for mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) support the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in all women over the age of 16 including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or actively trying to become pregnant.
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