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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Are Now Available!

Each vaccine and each dose has its own eligibility criteria.

To review eligibility criteria click here or visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/interim-considerations-us.html#recommendations

It is important to note that when and if you decide to get a booster dose, eligibility is based off of your previous intitial vaccine NOT which vaccine you chooose for a booster.

If you have questions as to whether you qualify to receive a booster dose, please call your healthcare provider.

With Any Further Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster Doses

Contact:
The Office of Public Health Nursing 973-579-0570
For English ext. 1211 For Spanish ext. 1248


COVID-19 Vaccines are available for Children ages 5-11!

The CDC is now recommending that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you from infection, severe illness, and even death related to COVID-19! Getting vaccinated is important because it not only to protects you, but to protects others too.

As of January 4, 2022 moderately to severe immunocompromised persons aged 5 and older are reccomended to recieve an additional 3rd dose of vaccine 28 days after their 2nd dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

At this time, the only COVID-19 vaccine that is available to those 5-17 is the Pfizer vaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html

Vaccination Q & A


Pfizer-BioNTech - 12 and older - Pfizer Fact Sheet
Moderna - 18 and older - Moderna Fact Sheet (En Español)
J&J Janssen - 18 and older - J&J Fact Sheet (En Español)

To find a location with the COVID-19 vaccine near you visit: https://vaccinefinder.org/


 

COVID-19 Vaccination Sponsors and Locations
Clinic Location or Sponsor Description
Sussex County Division of Health

Sussex County will be vaccinating residents at free pop-up clinics at various locations throughout the County.

Be sure to complete, print and sign the vaccine consent form and review the Moderna or J&J EUA fact sheet.
Current Vaccination Guidelines
Vaccine Consent Form
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
v-safe After Vaccination Health Checker

With Any Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster Doses
Contact:
The Office of Public Health Nursing 973-579-0570
For English ext. 1211 For Spanish ext. 1248

Atlantic Health
System

The Atlantic Health System is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine to all individuals 5+ and the Moderna and J&J vaccine to those 18+.

For more information click here.

ShopRite Pharmacies

ShopRite Pharmacies are administering all available COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and third doses. Appointments and/or walk-in options are available at most locations.

For more information click here.

Sparta Pharmacy

Free COVID-19 vaccines/boosters are available. 
Pfizer Pediatric dose (for ages 5 to 11) available.

For more information click here.

Rite Aid
Pharmacies

Free COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5+, including boosters for 12+, now available (ages 5-11 in select stores only). 

For more information click here.

Walgreens

Free COVID-19 vaccines/boosters. Appointments can be made online. If you would like to schedule an appointment over the phone, call your local Walgreens pharmacy or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733).

For more information click here.

Walmart

Free COVID-19 vaccines/boosters. Appointments can be made online.

For more information click here.

Weis Pharmacy
Services

Free COVID-19 vaccines/boosters are available for those ages 5 and up.

For more information click here.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Those Who Are Homebound

If you are unable to leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment.

For more information click here.

Additional Information Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine near you? 
Visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a location.

Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 Vaccination Planning Q & A
April 6, 2022

What do I do if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination record card?

If you have lost your COVID-19 vaccination record card click here or visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/consumer-access-to-covid-19-immunization-records-with-docket-faqs#direct-link

How do I get my children vaccinated?

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those who are 5 years of age or older. “Children ages 12 years and older receive the same dosage of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as adults” (CDC). “Children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine” (CDC). Currently the Moderna and J&J are approved for 18 years and older. These limitations are assigned by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Are two doses required to be considered fully vaccinated?

Moderna and Pfizer require two doses; Janssen (J&J) requires a single dose.

What does it mean to be up-to-date on my COVID-19 vaccine?

Up-to-date means a person has recieved all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Vaccine recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status, and when you first got vaccinated.

For more information CLICK HERE

Which vaccine will I get?

Not all sites administer all vaccines, so it is important to check with your vaccination site before scheduling a visit to ensure you are eligible. 

The County of Sussex is administering Moderna and J&J vaccines (18+).

How do I schedule additional vaccinations after getting my first?

This will vary with each vaccination site. When choosing a vaccination location for your first vaccine, ask them how you will need to go about getting additional vaccines..

Who and how are priorities set for obtaining vaccinations?

Sussex County receives direction from the New Jersey Department of Health. Review the most current vaccination guidelines.

I have underlying health issues and I am scared about a reaction to the vaccination? What happens if I have a reaction?

Consult your medical provider if you have any concerns or have ever experienced an allergic reaction, even a mild reaction to a vaccination or food. Your physician is the best source of guidance. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, consult your physician. If you are breast feeding, consult your physician. Please do not simply rely upon internet sources. Trained Public Health Nurses are at Sussex County vaccination sites. A protocol for monitoring you immediately after receiving a vaccination is in place. You should anticipate remaining at the vaccination site for 15 minutes and in some cases (if you have experienced past allergic reactions to foods or mild reactions to a vaccine) 30 minutes. The protocol will be explained to you upon arrival. If you have had a significant reaction to a vaccine in the past such as hives, trouble breathing or other symptom, you may not qualify to receive a vaccination through the Sussex County site. Clinics with a higher level of healthcare support are better suited to handle a negative reaction to the vaccine.

Can I just get my vaccinations from my pharmacy or medical provider?

Absolutely. Please review the list of providers above or visit https://vaccinefinder.org/.

A number of links are provided below with additional information. Please spend a few minutes reading the data presented by Pfizer, Moderna, the NJ Department of Health and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Links will be refreshed as new data is released.

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

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html#BoosterShotvsAdditionalDose

How do I know if I qualify for an additional third dose of either of the COVID-19 MRNA vaccines, Moderna or Pfizer?

At this time The New Jersey Department of Health and CDC are recommending the use of the additional 3rd dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 5 and older.

At this time, the only COVID-19 vaccine that is available to those 5-17 is the Pfizer vaccine, Moderna is available to those 18 and older.

Currently, there is no guidance for immunocompromised individuals who have recieved the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

How do I know if I qualify for a booster dose?

At this time booster doses are available for EVERYONE 5+ who have received a full primary series of Pfizer or Moderna OR the initial dose of J&J/Janssen AND who meet timeline eligibility requirements. Those who are 5+ may only recieve the Pfizer vaccine at this time.

For More Information CLICK HERE

How do I know if I qualify for a 2nd booster dose?

At this time the CDC has only approved the use of a 2nd booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Not all individuals will qualify to receive a second booster dose at this time. Individuals must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive this dose.

For more information on eligibility criteria, click here.

I qualify for a booster dose, where can I get one?

At this time the Office of Public Health Nursing offers both the Moderna and J&J vaccines at all COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Public Health Nursing does not administer the Pfizer vaccine, but has partnered with other organizations to provide both the Pfizer vaccine (12+) and Pfizer Pediatric dose (5-11) to residents.

To find other locations around the state that offer the COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
Moderna Factsheet (En Español)

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
Pfizer Factsheet

COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts:
COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility:
Vaccine Eligibility

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP):
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Vax Matters Newsletter:
Vax Matters Newsletter

 

Please stay healthy and safe.

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