COVID-19 Booster Shots

Three Easy Ways to Get Your Boosters!

(Appointments required)

At Village Apothecary 9:30a-5:30p Mon-Sat

Woodstock Community Center 3p-8p Mon, Wed, Fri

Saugerties Senior Citizens Building 3p-8p Tues & Thurs

Immuno-compromised People:
You can get a booster if your second dose was on or before:

9/28/2021

(28 days ago)

Johnson & Johnson Patients:
You can get a booster if your first dose was on or before:

8/27/2021

(2 months ago)

Pfizer & Moderna Patients:
You can get a booster if your second dose was on or before:

4/29/2021

(6 months ago)

It has arrived…

The moment we were all wracked with anxiety over has finally come.

Official approval and guidance of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses has been made.

Deep breath. You survived. Now let’s get a dose….

Dr. Neal's latest message

The FDA, CDC, and NY has approved Moderna boosters for specific populations (not the population at large).  This means—just like with Pfizer—boosters will only be for 65+-year-olds, 18-64 with certain medical conditions, and all adults who have certain occupational risks associated with COVID.

The Moderna booster dose is half of the Moderna 1st, 2nd, or additional (3rd doses) for immunocompromised patients.   You got 100mcg before, now you get 50mcg. 
 
Johnson and Johnson boosters are approved for anyone 18 and older (meaning, no population or health-related restrictions).
 

To schedule your booster dose, feel free to tap or click here to reserve a spot.

A couple guides are posted on this page now to help

The biggest talking point now is the concept of “mix-and-match.”

Dose eligibility

As of 10/22/2021

Pfizer

Moderna

JJ

Initial Dose

Who’s Eligible?

All patients 12 and older

All patients 18 and older

All patients 18 and older

Dose

0.3ml (30 mcg)

0.5ml (100 mcg)

0.5ml

Frequency & Timing

2 doses, 3 weeks apart

(can get 4 days before or 2 weeks after the due date)

2 doses, 4 weeks apart

(can get 4 days before or 2 weeks after the due date)

1 single dose

3rd Doses 

(Also called extra or additional doses, for immuno-compromised people)

Who’s Eligible?

Any patient who has an immune suppressing medical condition or on immune suppressing medication, or anyone deemed immune compromised by their medical team

N/A

Dose

0.3ml (30 mcg)

0.5ml (100 mcg)

N/A

Frequency & Timing

1 single dose

1 single dose

N/A

Booster Shots

Who’s Eligible?

Patients 65 and older

Patients 18-64 with certain medical conditions that put them at Í‹high risk for COVID

Patients 18 and above who have certain occupational hazards associated with COVID-19

Long Term Care facility residents

All patients 18+

Dose

0.3ml (30 mcg)

0.25ml (50 mcg)

0.5ml (same as first)

Frequency & Timing

1 single dose 6 months after 2nd dose

1 single dose 6 months after 2nd dose

1 single dose 2 months after 1st dose

MIXING AND MATCHING COVID-19 VACCINES IS APPROVED

mix-and-match:

Simply put, the FDA and CDC have authorized patients to request and receive a different manufacturer than their original series for their booster doses.

  • If you received Moderna, you can get Moderna, Pfizer or JJ
  • If you received Pfizer, you can get Pfizer, Moderna, or JJ
  • If you received JJ, you can get JJ, Pfizer, or Moderna

What should you do? Well that’s up to you and your doctor.

My advice is to keep things simple and continue with the series you currently have. All vaccines show strong, lasting protection against severe infection especially after a booster dose of the same series.

Some folks are pointing to advantages of adding a JJ to an mRNA series or vice versa. There’s still a lot to learn, for certain.

I’ts all legal, so we’ll give you whichever vaccine you choose. Please make this decision after consulting your clinical team.

The big chart

Underlying medical conditions list:

For the purposes of this FDA additional dose authorization, persons with the following conditions would be eligible to receive an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose:

  • Age 50 through 64 years with one or more of the following conditions due to increased risk of moderate or severe illness or death from the virus that causes COVID-19 OR

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Pulmonary disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome

  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV,

  • use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes

  • Severe obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia

  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus

  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

  • Neurologic conditions including, but not limited, to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

  • Liver disease; OR

  • Ages 18 through 49 years with one or more of the underlying medical conditions listed above, based on individual benefits and risk

Jobs

Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers as previously detailed by the CDC*

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)

  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)

  • Food and agriculture workers

  • Manufacturing workers

  • Corrections workers

  • U.S. Postal Service workers

  • Public transit workers

  • Grocery store workers

WHAT YOU DO NOW

Calm down. Seriously!

We’re often critical of people allowing the media to influence them against vaccinations and masks, and we therefore need to be as critical of allowing the media into thinking we’re all going to die without a booster shot.

Boosters are NOT a rush situation. If you get them today or next week or the week after, LIFE WILL NOT CHANGE.

Delta (and further variants we’re destined to experience) will require ALL the mitigation strategies we’ve discussed in our COVID blogs. Getting a booster will not allow you to go “back to normal.”

Be confident I got you. I’m trying to further justify all the accolades, love, and certificates I got the first time around, so I’ll be working doubly hard to get boosters done without a hitch.

DEEP BREATH YO! I got you!

Await further notices for expanded information and official sign-ups.

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