COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Vaccine and Booster Appointments

  • Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you: Vaccines.gov
  • Northwell Health
  • For residents who are homebound due to physical restrictions, medical conditions, or other chronic physical or mental health conditions; we are offering homebound vaccinations. Requests for appointments can be made at 516-277-9570.

 

Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?

All individuals 6 months of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Booster Information


Are you up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines? Use this tool to find out or learn more below.

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech:

Who should get a booster:
 
Everyone 5 years and older

When to get a booster:
 
At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
 Teens 16–17 years old may get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster


If you received Moderna:

Who should get a booster:
 Everyone 18 years or older

When to get a booster:
 At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations


If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen*:

Who should get a booster:
 Adults 18 years and older

When to get a booster:
 At least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination

Which booster should you get?
 
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations


Bivalent Booster 

 

The updated (bivalent) boosters are called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5.

Individuals ages 12 and older are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster dose at least 2 months after their previous booster dose or 2 months after completing their initial primary vaccine series.

Individuals ages 18 and older are eligible for a Moderna bivalent booster dose at least 2 months after their previous booster dose or 2 months after completing their initial primary vaccine series.


Additional Dose Information

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

Booster:
 A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series and protection against the virus has decreased over time.  

Additional Dose:
The additional dose of an mRNA-COVID-19 vaccine is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series because they were not able to respond appropriately to the first and second shot.

Who is eligible for an additional dose?

  • If you received Pfizer-BioNTech: People age 5+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Given 28 days after 2nd shot.

  • If you received Moderna: People age 18+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Given 28 days after 2nd shot.

  • If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen: No additional primary shot is recommended at this time

 

CDC recommends the additional dose for people who have

  • 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