Moderate to severely immune-compromised individuals comprise of about 3% of the adult population and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. The CDC now recommends an additional dose of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 28 days after the initial 2 doses for these individuals.
Moderate to severe immune compromise means:
The CDC also recommends that the additional dose should be from the same manufacturer as the initial 2 doses (i.e. get the Pfizer additional dose if you have received the initial 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine).
To schedule your 3rd vaccine dose with Apicha CHC:
If you meet the criteria above, and you completed the Moderna vaccine series at least 28 days ago, call Apicha at 212-334-6029 to schedule your third Moderna dose.
After you are scheduled for the vaccine, you will be asked to self-attest on the New York State COVID Vaccine Form https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine. Proof of self-attestation will be required at the time of the vaccine appointment. You will not be asked for any additional information about your qualifying medical condition.
In the coming weeks, it is expected that the US FDA and CDC will recommend a 3rd dose or booster dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to increase protection against the virus, especially against the variants.
Apicha will have Moderna booster shots available to all our eligible patients.
If you received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you will be eligible for a booster. However, at Apicha we will only be able to give the booster vaccine to patients who received the Moderna vaccine.
A booster dose for those who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is not yet recommended, as studies are still being conducted.
Apicha will follow the recommendations of the FDA and CDC once their formal guidelines are released.
Once the booster dose is approved or authorized, Moderna-vaccinated patients will be able to schedule an appointment by calling 212-334-6029 .