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Stay Safe – Get Vaccinated And Boosted

COVID-19 is still causing illness In millions of Americans but you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Read the latest recommendations by Dr. Suraj Saggar, Chief of Infectious Disease at Holy Name.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster FAQs

  • All individuals age 5 and above are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and NJ Department of Health have approved a pediatric formulation of the Pfizer vaccine, which is one-third the dose given to teenagers and adults, for children ages 5 to 11. Like adults, these children will need a second dose at least 3 weeks after the first vaccine. A parent must be present and sign consent for their minor child.

  • The CDC and NJ Department of Health recommend the following booster doses:

    •  Pfizer boosters: Everyone aged 12 and up who received the second dose of their 2-dose primary series at least 5 months ago.
    •   Moderna boosters: Anyone aged 18 and older who received the second dose of their 2-dose primary series at least 5 months ago.
    •   J&J (Janssen): All adults aged 18 and older who received a J&J vaccine at least 2 months ago are eligible for either a Moderna or a Pfizer booster.
    •   Mix & Match Booster Doses: Eligible people may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. We encourage you to speak to your doctor if you have questions.

  • Vaccines help to prevent serious illness and death against all variants, including Omicron, but health officials have found that the vaccines alone are not as effective in completely preventing illness from Omicron. However, the majority of vaccinated people who are getting sick from the Omicron variant are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. More importantly, boosters do work against the Omicron variant, either minimizing or preventing symptoms. Anyone eligible to receive a booster is strongly urged to get this latest dose.

  • The CDC recommends the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the J&J (Janssen) vaccine amid concerns about rare but real risks of blood clots from the J&J shot. The CDC also recommends getting the same one for the initial 2-dose vaccine series. Mixing and matching the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots is allowed.

    Holy Name recommends speaking with your doctor if you have questions about what is the most appropriate vaccine for you.

  • Children and adults, 5 and older, with severely weakened immune systems are approved to receive a 3rd dose of the same vaccine at least 28 days after completing 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. We recommend anyone who is immunocompromised should speak with their physician about what is the most appropriate vaccine dose for them.

  • Holy Name offers all four types of vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax and J&J – but some are limited to specific locations. Check here to find out which vaccines and boosters are offered at each location.

    Novavax vaccine is protein-based, which is a type of vaccine that has been widely used for decades. Some more familiar protein-based vaccines include those that protect against human papillomavirus, hepatitis B and shingles. It is being offered for those currently unvaccinated for COVID-19 and who wish to start their primary series. It is a 2-dose series, spaced 3 weeks apart for those 18 and older.

  • What we know about COVID-19 is that it can cause serious illness and even death. The vaccines help the body to build a response to the virus so if a person is exposed to an infected individual, the immune system fights off the virus and helps to keep the vaccinated person healthy. Vaccinated people can spread the disease but health officials believe they do so at a lower rate than the unvaccinated.

  • Yes. The science behind these vaccines has been researched for years. Before vaccines are made available to the public, large clinical trials are done to test the vaccines for safety and effectiveness. There were tens of thousands of participants in the COVID-19 vaccine trials. The U.S. Vaccine Safety System also makes sure that the vaccines are as safe as possible. Please remember that the vaccines do not contain a live virus so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

  • Like other vaccines, your arm may be red or sore, which should go away in a few days. You may also have a headache, fever and body aches, which are signs that your body is building protection against the virus. People who experience some of these minor symptoms from the vaccine may get the same type of reaction from the booster dose.

  • People have been getting the COVID-19 vaccine since December 2020 and participants in clinical trials received the shots months before then. Studies have shown that severe side effects are extremely rare, and if they do occur, they’ve usually happened within 6 weeks of receiving the vaccine. Researchers continue to track safety issues.

  • Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, you should get a vaccine regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. However, since reinfection isn’t likely to happen in the 90 days after you're sick with COVID-19, you can delay getting a shot until 90 days after your infection. You should not get the shot while sick or during the isolation/quarantine period. If you have questions as to whether it is the right time to receive the vaccine, you should consult with your medical provider.

  • Upon arrival at the vaccination site, you will be given two documents to sign. They are:
    - Acknowledgement of receipt of the Emergency Use Fact (EUA) fact sheet. (The EUA is the authority given by the FDA to help the nation’s health agencies protect the public by making available the use of medical countermeasures during emergencies.)
    - Acknowledgement that your vaccine doses will be registered with New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS).*
    *The purpose of registering with NJIIS is to keep a record of your vaccine history in one place. This information may be shared with health care providers, insurance companies, and more, as allowed by New Jersey law.

  • You can register to get a vaccine at 1 of Holy Name’s 4 Locations. Click below to register:

    Start your COVID-19 vaccine registration

  • Vaccine doses are provided by the U.S. government at no cost.

  • At Holy Name, you will receive the vaccine or booster dose from one of the following:
    - Pharmacists
    - Registered Pharmacy Interns
    - Nurses
    - Nursing Students
    - Medical Assistants

  • Appointments are required at our vaccination sites. However, we do accept walk-ins at our West New York location only. Please visit vaccine.holyname.org to schedule your appointment.

  • Upon arrival, check in at the registration desk with a valid photo ID and insurance card. If this is your second dose or booster appointment, please have your CDC vaccination card out as well. After checking in, you will be asked to sit in a specific area to wait until a clinician calls you to administer your shot. You will be called in the order of your appointment time.

    Once given the vaccine, you must sit for 15 minutes for observation to ensure you don’t experience any adverse effect from the vaccine. Those with a history of severe allergies or previous reaction to other vaccines will be directed to stay for observation for 30 minutes.

  • If you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you will need to come back for a second dose several weeks after the first vaccine. It is still important to continue to wear a mask and practice hand hygiene, social distancing, and other infection protection measures as dictated by state and federal law to avoid the spreading of the virus.

  • After receiving your vaccine, you may experience some side effects similar to the flu, including a headache, some body aches, and soreness, redness, and/or swelling on your arm. However, if you feel the symptoms listed in the table below, you should contact your medical provider immediately.

    COVID-19 Symptoms
    - Shortness of breath
    - Cough
    - Chills/Body aches
    - Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
    - Loss of sense of taste or smell
    - Headache
    - Sore throat
    - Temperature above 100°F

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