COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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3rd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
The CDC has announced the following recommendations regarding a 3rd shot of COVID-19 vaccines for moderate to severely immune-compromised individuals. For more information regarding Apicha's vaccine service, scroll down. Here's what to know about the 3rd dose:

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:  

  • 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 

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.

Am I Eligible for a Booster Shot?

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. 

When Should I Get the Booster?

Apicha will follow the recommendations of the FDA and CDC once their formal guidelines are released. 

How Can I Schedule a Booster Appointment?

Once the booster dose is approved or authorized, Moderna-vaccinated patients will be able to schedule an appointment by calling 212-334-6029 .


MASK GUIDELINE UPDATES AS OF 7/27/2021:
  •  The CDC has released new guidelines for use of masks to prevent COVID 19 as of July 27, 2021. Counties with substantial or high community transmission rates should have individuals wear masks in public indoor spaces, including those fully vaccinated. New York City is considered to have substantial community transmission of COVID-19 according to the CDC.
  • The CDC also recommends individuals including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks in public indoor spaces if they have close contact with unvaccinated individuals, including those less than 12 years old, regardless of community transmission. 
  • The CDC has also updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 testing. Individuals, including those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, should get COVID-19 testing 3-5 days after exposure to people confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. If positive, individuals should isolate at home for 10 days.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine at Apicha is fast and easy. We offer both the Moderna vaccine (2 doses 28 days apart) or Johnson & Johnson (1 shot).
 
  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.
  • Protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 
  • If you do get sick with COVID-19, your symptoms will likely be mild
  • You can start doing more. Per CDC regulations, vaccinated individuals can gather indoors without masks with other people who are fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing their hands often.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some protection, known as natural immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the months after initial infection, but may increase with time.

Apicha's COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

We are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine at Apicha CHC. Although Apicha is one of the vaccine sites, we only receive a small number of vaccine doses therefore we cannot vaccinate all our eligible patients. Per NYC Department of Health instructions, we continue to prioritize patients over 65 as well as patients eligible based on their job type.
 
Please do not call us or send us portal messages requesting appointments. If you are eligible and have not yet received a call from us, you can search for availability through the NYC Vaccine Finder.