We know this year has been a difficult one. 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.
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.
The Floating Hospital has elected to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which was endorsed by the FDA and approved for Emergency Use Authorization on December 18th. The priority of availability is a phased effort, and it is expected to take many months to vaccinate the entire U.S. population.
Vaccines are available for our current patients and employees that fall into priorty groups 1A and 1B according to New York State and New York City guidelines. These groups include, but are not limited to, healthcare workers, New Yorkers 65 years of age or older, teachers and other education workers, first responders, public safety workers and public transit workers. Details about who is included in these groups can be found here.
Vaccines are offered by appointment only.
The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose series. You will need to receive the second dose 28 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.
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.
What precautions should I take after I am vaccinated?
- Even after your vaccination, you will need to practice COVID-19 precautions: wash your hands often, wear a face covering, keep physical distance from others, and stay home if you are sick.