If you are 65 years of age or older or suffer from illnesses that compromise your immune system or reside in a long-term care facility and received the first two inoculations of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, you can now make an appointment for a booster injection at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.
The hospital will administer the booster injections on Wednesday, October 13 between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Although walk-in visits may be accepted if the hospital has a sufficient supply of vaccines, it is advisable to take appointment. first.
Four groups of New Yorkers are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose as the vaccination effort continues amid the ongoing pandemic.
Boosters at this point are only for those who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and are available six months after completing a series of primary vaccines, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Announcing the eligibility of the booster last week, Governor Kathy Hochul noted that the groups are divided into two sections: those who should receive the booster and those who may receive it.
Eligible residents who are expected to receive the booster are those 65 years of age and older or residents of long-term care facilities. The second eligibility group that should receive the booster is the 50-64 age group with underlying health issues.
Those who are 18-49 years old with underlying health conditions may be given the booster based on their individual benefits and risks. And those between the ages of 18 and 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 depending on their occupation may also receive the booster. Current lists of occupations include first responders, education personnel, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing, corrections, the U.S. Postal Service, public transportation and grocery stores, according to the CDC.
Anyone who has received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently not eligible for the booster, but could be in the near future, according to the governor. Residents who have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson are still considered fully immunized.
Ms Hochul said protection against the COVID-19 vaccine may wane over time, as is the case with other vaccines.
“A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help New Yorkers particularly at risk stay protected from the virus longer,” she said last week. “While the focus of our vaccination effort remains to ensure that all unvaccinated New Yorkers are vaccinated, those eligible for the booster should not waste time receiving maximum protection against COVID-19 as soon as possible. . “
The New York State Clinical Advisory Working Group on Friday approved the CDC’s statement on boosters. The governor announced the deployment of the recall on Monday.
Free booster doses will be “widely available statewide at state-run mass immunization sites, pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, federally licensed health centers and d ‘other places in New York State,’ according to the governor’s announcement.
Additional information on boosters can be found on a new state website. Residents can also text their postal code to 438829 to schedule a callback or call 1-800-232-0233.
The CDC has pointed out that boosters can help protect against the more transmissible delta variant which has led to an increase in cases nationwide. The CDC said that although the COVID-19 vaccination for adults 65 and older remains effective in preventing serious illness, recent data suggests that the vaccination is “less effective in preventing infections or milder illnesses with symptoms. “. The booster adds an increased immune response, according to the CDC.
The CDC said the side effects reported on the booster are similar to those seen after the second shot in the primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most frequently reported side effects and most side effects were mild to moderate.