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C0VID-19 VACCINE

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways we could have never imagined. We’ve all had to adjust to meet the needs of our families, friends, coworkers and patients — while still checking in on our own health and wellness needs.

Covid-19 vaccines are effective at preventing illness from Covid-19, and lessening severe illness and death. We are still learning how effective the current vaccines are against variants of the virus and how long protection lasts. As more people get vaccinated we are learning more about how well vaccines keep the Covid-19 from spreading.

As your healthcare provider, we’re committed to keeping you up to date on the latest vaccine news, including when and how you and your family can get the vaccine.

We offer vaccines to New York residents ages 6 months and older

  • All children (<18) receiving the vaccine need to be accompanied by an adult
  • Vaccines are offered by appointment or walk-in

Primary vaccine series

Pfizer Moderna
Age 6 months – 4 years
5 years and older
6 months – 5 years
12 years and older
Number of doses 3 doses for 6 months – 4 years
2 doses for 5 years and older
2 doses
Time between 1st and 2nd dose 3 – 8 weeks 4 – 8 weeks
Time between 2nd and 3rd dose (Pfizer for under 5s only) 8 weeks n/a

Booster

  • A Pfizer booster is available for all aged 5+
  • A Moderna booster is available for all aged 18+

To be eligible for the booster, you must have received your final vaccine dose at least 5 months ago.

It is recommended that you make an appointment. Please bring your vaccination card.

Second booster

A second booster – Moderna or Pfizer – is available for:

  • All aged 50+
  • Immunocompromised people aged 12+ – immunocompromised conditions listed below
  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for their first shot and booster

To be eligible for the second booster, you must have received your first booster at least 4 months ago.

The second booster is recommended for:

  • Residents in long-term care settings
  • People aged 12–64 years with underlying medical conditions; these medical conditions include:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
    • Dementia or other neurological conditions
    • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
    • Down syndrome
    • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
    • HIV infection
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Smoking, current or former
    • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
    • Substance use disorders

YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT

The Floating Hospital has freezers that will accommodate the storage of the vaccine at the necessary temperature. We have enrolled all our sites in the necessary city programs to be able to receive vaccine and report vaccine distribution.

For more important information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC site here.

PREPARING FOR YOUR VACCINE

How do I prepare for my vaccination appointment?

  • Please discuss vaccination with your doctor before you make your appointment for vaccination.
  • Do not schedule an appointment if you have COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  • If you are feeling unwell on the day of your appointment, call to reschedule.
  • Observe COVID-19 precautions as usual and be sure to wear a face covering.
  • Due to the efforts involved in scheduling and limited availability of vaccine, we will not be able to accommodate patients who no show for their initial vaccine appointment.

Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Vaccines will help us stop this pandemic–they’re one of the most effective tools we have to protect our health and prevent viruses like COVID-19. When you get vaccinated you are helping to protect yourself, your family and the community.
  • Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so you can fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you the virus itself.

HAVE YOU BEEN FULLY VACCINATED?

  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose vaccine series. The Pfizer vaccine is and example of two-dose vaccines.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a single dose vaccine. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is an example of a single-dose vaccine.
  • You are not fully protected:
    • Until you get your second vaccine in a two-dose vaccine series
    • Until two weeks after your last vaccine in your series

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD YOU TAKE IF YOU BEEN FULLY VACCINATED?*

Gathering with vaccinated people or small gatherings with one other unvaccinated household

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks. Important exception: wear a mask and keep physically distanced from people that have (or live with anyone who has) an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Important exception: if you live in a group setting (like a group or elder home), you should stay away from others for 14 days and get tested even if you don’t have symptoms.

Gathering in public or with unvaccinated people from more than one household

  • Continue to take steps to protect yourself and others: wear a mask, stay physically distanced, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Continue to avoid medium and large gatherings of people.
  • Delay domestic and international travel unless necessary.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested, stay home and distanced from others.

*According to updated CDC guidelines

THE COVID-19 VACCINE & MEDICARE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Your costs in original Medicare

You pay nothing for the COVID-19 vaccine. You won’t pay a deductible or copayment, and your provider can’t charge you an administration fee to give you the vaccine.

Bring your Medicare card

Be sure to bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card so your healthcare or pharmacy can bill Medicare. You’ll need your Medicare card even if you’ve enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan.

medicare care

Be aware!

  • You can’t pay to put your name on a vaccine list.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine.
  • Don’t share your personal or financial information with anyone promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

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