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.
Vaccines are available at The Floating Hospital for New York residents ages 16 and older according to New York State and New York City guidelines. These groups include, but are not limited to: those with underlying health conditions; healthcare workers; teachers and other education workers; first responders and support staff; group living facility residents and staff, public transit workers; corrections workers; public-facing government and public employees, not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need; essential in-person public-facing building service workers; food industry workers and hotel workers who have direct contact with guests. Details about who is included can be found here.
Vaccines are offered by appointment only.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses for full vaccine immunity.
- Moderna: You will need to receive the second dose 28 days following the first for full vaccine immunity.
- Pfizer: You will need to receive the second dose 21 days following the first for full vaccine immunity.
Please be aware of the scheduling for the second vaccine when committing to the first vaccine appointment, to ensure that you are in town and available.
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.
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.
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