How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?

The number of doses need depends on what vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:

  • Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given three weeks (21 days) apart
  • Two doses of the Moderna doses should be given one month (28 days) apart
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen is one doseCOVID-19 vaccine requires just one dose

If you are receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended three-week or one-month interval as possible. However, your second dose may be given up to six weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses.

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1. When will I get my vaccine?
2. Where can I get the latest information regarding vaccine distribution in Minnesota?
3. Is the vaccine safe?
4. How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
5. Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
6. How long does it take after getting the COVID-19 vaccine until you have protection?
7. What if I have a weakened immune system?
8. How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
9. Will the vaccine be live or inactivated?
10. What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?
11. Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered?
12. Which last longer, immunity after getting COVID-19 or protection from COVID-19 vaccines?
13. Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?
14. Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?
15. Where can I learn more about the available vaccines?
16. How do I find a record of my vaccination?