COVID-19 Vaccine | Texas Children's Health Plan

COVID-19 Vaccine

September 28, 2021

Following the CDC approval, booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now available for members of the Texas Children’s Health Plan and the community.

You can receive a Pfizer booster shot if you are:

  • Fully vaccinated only with the Pfizer vaccines, and six months have passed since your second dose; and
  • Aged 65 years and older, or
  • Aged 18 through 64 years with an underlying medical condition
  • Aged 18 through 64 years, and work or live at places with higher risk of COVID-19 contact, such as health care centers, schools, prisons, homeless shelters, etc.

Studies show that a Pfizer booster shot gives more protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. 

If you are eligible and would like to receive a Pfizer booster shot through Texas Children’s, please click the button below:

  • Bring your COVID-19 vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.
  • At this time, those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible for the Pfizer booster shot. More information on those booster shots is expected soon.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine doses are now recommended for immunocompromised people.

People with compromised immune systems have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Also, they may not build the same immunity after vaccination as people who are not immunocompromised.

Both the FDA and CDC recommend that people with compromised immune systems receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to have better protection against COVID-19.

Additional doses are not recommended for any other people at this time.

If you or your child received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, you have one of the conditions listed by the CDC, and it has been at least 28 days since your second dose, you are eligible to receive a third dose.

If you have doubts about getting a third dose because of a medical condition, please talk to your provider. If you are immunocompromised and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, more information from the CDC is expected soon.

COVID-19 Vaccine Initial Doses

At Texas Children’s Health Plan, the safety and health of our members are our top priorities. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our family.

We are pleased to offer our members the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at any Texas Children’s vaccination location. As a reminder, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for those 18 and older.

If you are eligible, please click here to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. After you complete the registration form, you will receive an email from Texas Children’s when a vaccine is available for you.

If you have a MyChart account, you do not need to register through the link. Instead, you will find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment reminder in the “Health Maintenance” section of your account.

You can also check the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers page, the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler, and the  Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Availability map  link not working to find vaccination locations near you.

No matter where you live, we urge you to register for a COVID-19 vaccine through any of the booking systems around the state.

Please continue to be safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.

For detailed information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus /immunize/vaccine-faqs.aspx

See below for a list of frequently asked questions. The information about COVID-19 changes quickly and this page will be updated with the latest information


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine a covered benefit under CHIP/Medicaid?
    • Yes, it is.
  • How can my child receive the vaccine? 
  • Which vaccine are you administering to members?
    • Currently, we will offer the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Vaccines are allocated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and members will receive one of these three products.
  • As a parent or caretaker, will I also be eligible to receive the vaccine? 
    • Texas Children’s Health Plan members and family members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria can now receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s locations. If you plan to receive your vaccine from a different provider, please make sure to check with that provider before heading to that location. 
  • Can my child’s siblings also receive the vaccine?
    • Texas Children’s Health Plan members and family members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria can now receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s locations. If you plan for them to receive their vaccine from a different provider, please make sure to check with that provider before heading to that location. 
  • Can my child receive the vaccine if they have symptoms of COVID-19?
    • If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is considered to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19, vaccination should be postponed until they have recovered and criteria is met for them to stop quarantine.
  • Should my child receive the vaccine if they have already had COVID-19?
    • Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination regardless of history of prior infection.
  • When will children younger than 16 be able to receive the vaccine?
    • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be approved for those 18 and older.
  • Which vaccines are currently available?
    • There are currently three vaccines that have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The first, produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, is authorized for people age 12 and older. The other two, produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are authorized for those 18 and older.
  • What is in the vaccines?
    • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach the immune system how to create antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, so the virus can’t enter your cells. This technology has been used before to create vaccines against SARS, which is how these vaccines were able to be developed and moved into clinical trials so quickly. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, known as JNJ-78436735 or Ad26.COV2.S, is an adenovirus type 26 modified to produce the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein. This adenovirus vaccine is used as a single intramuscular injection, and when it enters a cell it produces the vaccine protein but cannot replicate inside the cell or cause illness.
  • Do the vaccines work?
    • Efficacy of two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is 95%. This means that, in clinical trials, the vaccine prevented approximately 95% of vaccinated people from getting COVID-19, and only approximately 5% of vaccinated people developed COVID-19 disease. The efficacy of two doses of the Moderna vaccine is 94.1%. In the U.S., the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% protective. Importantly, the vaccine was shown to be 85% protective against severe disease.
  • Are they safe?
    • COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials and are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe. Even though no safety issues were found, the CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccines. The US vaccine safety system is already strong, and new safety systems have been added for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Will I have side effects from the vaccine?
    • From initial data, we know mild side effects are common. If you’re vaccinated, you should expect some side effects, particularly after the second dose. These side effects are common and may occur after any vaccine. Although uncomfortable, these side effects are a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and is learning to recognize the virus for the future. The short-term safety of these vaccines is clear.
  • Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
    • No. The vaccine does not contain a live virus that can replicate inside of your body. So, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
  • How long will the vaccines work?
    • We don’t know yet. As clinical trials continue, we’ll know more about how long immunity lasts and if more doses will be necessary. Please stay safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.
  • What can I do if my child is not feeling well?
    • If your child is experiencing a cough or fever, or if you have questions about COVID-19, please schedule an appointment with your health care provider.

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