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COVID-19 Vaccine: Third Doses and Boosters

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

At Health Net Federal Services, LLC, we want to help keep you informed about COVID-19 vaccines for you and your family. With TRICARE, you can get vaccinated at no cost.

There are many benefits to getting vaccinated, including stopping the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and being more protected from getting sick should you contract the virus.

Are you already fully vaccinated? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a third dose if you have certain immunocompromising conditions and a booster for those with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure. Visit www.cdc.gov/covidvaccines for details. 

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to get the vaccine, depending on the vaccine manufacturer being distributed. Find additional age-based guidelines at www.cdc.gov/covidvaccines

Do I need a booster shot?
If you completed the two-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for:

  • People 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings 
  • People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions

People aged 18-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure may receive a booster based on individual benefits and risks. 

If I meet criteria, when should I get a booster shot?
The Pfizer booster should be given at least six months after completing your two-shot Pfizer series. 

What is the difference between a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and a booster?
If you have a moderately to severely compromised immune system, the CDC recommends a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to be given at least 28 days after the second shot. The CDC’s recommendation for boosters is specific to the Pfizer vaccine. The booster is given six months after the second Pfizer dose. 

What if I initially received the Moderna series or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine?
At this time, the CDC has not recommended a booster shot of Moderna or Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can I get the vaccine?
You have options! TRICARE beneficiaries can get the vaccine at:

Stay on track with your health care 

Not ready for an in-person visit? Use our network provider directory to find providers who offer telehealth in your area. Remember, you can also access telehealth services through Telemynd and Doctor On Demand.  

During the COVID-19 stateside pandemic, there are no copayments or cost shares for covered telemedicine care. Referral requirements for telehealth are the same as those for in-person visits.