COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Vaccine and Booster Appointments

 

Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?

New York residents age 5+ are now eligible for the vaccine. 

Please note that COVID-19 vaccines are approved for different ages:

  • Pfizer 5+
  • Moderna 18+ 
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen 18+

Children under the age of 18 require consent from a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Consent can be given in-person, verbally, or in writing. A general consent form can be found here.

 

Booster Information

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech:

Who should get a booster:
 
Everyone 12 years and older

When to get a booster:
 
At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
 Teens 16–17 years old may get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster


If you received Moderna:

Who should get a booster:
 Everyone 18 years or older

When to get a booster:
 At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations


If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen*:

Who should get a booster:
 Adults 18 years and older

When to get a booster:
 At least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations

 

Additional Dose Information

What is the difference between a booster shot and an additional dose?

Booster:
 A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series and protection against the virus has decreased over time.  

Additional Dose:
The additional dose of an mRNA-COVID-19 vaccine is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series because they were not able to respond appropriately to the first and second shot.

Who is eligible for an additional dose?

  • If you received Pfizer-BioNTech: People age 5+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Given 28 days after 2nd shot.

  • If you received Moderna: People age 18+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Given 28 days after 2nd shot.

  • If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen: No additional primary shot is recommended at this time

 

CDC recommends the additional dose for people who have

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response