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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

All of us at Neighborhood Healthcare work hard to help everyone in our communities live happy and healthful lives.

This vision is more important now than ever before. That's why we're distributing vaccines to protect you and your loved ones.

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Appointments are available for members of our community and our patients to receive the COVID vaccinations for people 12 years and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can now be administered to 12–15-year-olds using the same dosing and schedule as used in the 16 years and older population.

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We are distributing the vaccines quickly and safely. Stay updated on the latest information on our COVID-19 vaccination efforts by visiting this webpage.

Additional Vaccine Dose

  • An additional third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) has already been approved for persons with moderately and severely immunocompromised conditions, after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna).
  • A third additional dose is recommended by the CDC for moderately to severely immunocompromised people four weeks after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. That’s because immunocompromised people sometimes do not build enough of a protective response after the first two doses, and a third dose can help mount an immune response.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

Updated September 27, 2021  CDC source

Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendation

The CDPH issued the recommendations below. The following should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the primary series:

  • Individuals age 65 years and older.
  • Individuals residing in a long-term care facility.
  • Individuals age 50 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities.

In addition, the following groups may receive a booster dose based on individual benefits and risks:

  • Individuals age 18 through 49 years, with underlying medical conditions, or
  • Individuals age 18 through 64 years, who are at increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

A booster dose is recommended six months after the second dose of Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It is being recommended because research shows that one’s immunity may wane over time, especially in the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

Those that completed the primary vaccination series with the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are not yet eligible for a booster dose and should not receive the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if I am NOT in one of the recommended groups?

Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available. The COVID-19 vaccines approved and authorized in the United States continue to be effective at reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Experts are looking at all available data to understand how well the vaccines are working for different populations. This includes looking at how new variants, like Delta, affect vaccine effectiveness.

What should people who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine do?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC’s recommendations are bound by what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorizationexternal icon allows. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster authorization only applies to people whose primary series was Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J/Janssen vaccine will likely need a booster shot. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots.

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

What are the risks to getting a booster shot?

So far, reactions reported pdf icon[4.7 MB, 88 pages] after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot were similar to that of the 2-shot primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine is a product that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Why should I get the vaccine?

You can reduce your risk of infection, disease, hospitalization, severe complications, and even death by getting vaccinated. The early results for the vaccine clinical trial indicate 74-95% efficacy at preventing COVID-19 symptoms.

Who should get the COVID vaccine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the COVID-19 vaccines emergency use in individuals 12 years of age and older.

How much will it cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

There will be no cost associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I get the vaccine if I’ve already had (tested positive) COVID-19?

Yes. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

As a friendly reminder, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant people. The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.

CDC recommendations align with those from professional medical organizations serving people who are pregnant, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

For more information regarding vaccination while pregnant, breastfeeding, or lactating, click here

Will I experience side effects?

Our vaccinators are trained to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will monitor you for side effects for at least 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. Any vaccine can cause mild side effects. The ones identified with the COVID-19 vaccine may include but are not limited to, pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact us if redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you.

Click below for additional information

Moderna fact sheet English

Moderna Fact sheet Spanish

 

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