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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Are Now Available!

At this time booster doses are available to all Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen recipients 18 and older!

To receive any booster dose you must meet the certain eligibility criteria.

Each vaccine has its own eligibility criteria:

Pfizer and Moderna:

It has been 6 months or more since the 2nd dose of the initial series

AND

You are 18 years or older

J&J/Janssen:

It has been 2 months or more since the initial dose

AND

You are 18 years or older

In addition to the approval of all COVID-19 boosters, according to the CDC, “Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.”

Although this is the case, it is recommended that an individual receives the same brand of vaccine they had for their initial dose/doses.

It is important to note that when and if you decide to get a booster dose, eligibility is based off of your previous/initial vaccine NOT which vaccine you choose 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

OR

Visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases /2021/p1021-covid-booster.html 


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Current New Jersey Vaccination Guidelines

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)

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.

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

Moderna and Janssen or J&J are available to those 18+.

 

Atlantic Health is currently offering the 5-11 pediatric doses of the Pfizer Vaccine. To schedule an appointment visit: COVID-19 Vaccine - Coronavirus - Atlantic Health

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

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

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 855-568-0545


Clinic Location or Sponsor Description
Sussex County is offering walk-in clinics. See above for more information.

As the demand for vaccine has declined, appointments for first dose vaccinations are no longer available at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Sussex County will be vaccinating residents at pop-up clinics at various locations throughout the County.

If you are interested in getting vaccinated, please contact Aimee Maul at the Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing at 973-579-0570, ext. 1211 or email amaul@sussex.nj.us. Spanish speaking residents can contact Claudia Yepes at 973-579-0570, ext. 1248 or cyepes@sussex.nj.us.

The County of Sussex is only able to accept those 18 years or older due to the use of the Moderna and J&J Vaccines.

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
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (En Español)
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (En Español)
v-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts
COVID-19 vaccine scheduling information for seniors age 65+ Seniors 65+ can call the senior-specific hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to schedule dedicated COVID-19 vaccine appointments
or
Seniors 65+ can call Walmart stores directly for dedicated appointments Store Directory.
Atlantic Health
System
Sign up for Vaccine Appointment Alerts from Atlantic Health System.
ShopRite Pharmacies At this time, select ShopRite Pharmacies - including 39 ShopRite Pharmacies in New Jersey and our ShopRite Pharmacy in Pearl River, New York - are working to offer vaccines in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
Rite Aid
Pharmacies
Now Vaccinating Educators. Rite Aid is proud to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to pre-K to high school educators, school staff and childcare program staff. Schedule & get tested today!
Walgreens To schedule an appointment over the phone, call your local Walgreens pharmacy or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733).
Walmart Available at no cost in select locations based on eligibility.
Weis Pharmacy
Services
Weis Markets pharmacies in New Jersey are administering the Johnson and Johnson one dose, COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 65 and older, paid and unpaid health care workers, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities, and those with pre-existing conditions per state guidelines. Immunizations are by appointment only.
NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) - covidvaccine.nj.gov COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering here. We'll ask some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible Recipients Appointments are limited. All listed vaccination sites may not have open appointments available immediately. The federal supply of vaccine to New Jersey remains limited. However, this list is updated frequently and new sites will be added continually.
https://vaccinefinder
.org/
Find COVID-19 vaccines near you.
https://covid19.nj.gov/
finder/
Search for available vaccine appointments at locations across the State of New Jersey. Browse the list of sites or search by county by selecting your desired county from the menu.
How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I'm 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.

Please contact the local health department for the county in which you reside for access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Directory of Local Health Departments in NJ.

 


Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 Vaccination Planning Q & A
November 9, 2021

 

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.

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 my second vaccination?

Your vaccination provider will provide your second appointment date and time.

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.

At this time there is no guidance for immunocompromised individuals who have received the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

To determine if you qualify for this contact your healthcare provider or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

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

At this time booster doses are available for EVERYONE 18+ who have received a full series of Pfizer or Moderna OR the initial dose of J&J/Janssen.

For More Information 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

EUA Moderna Factsheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
Moderna Factsheet (En Español)

EUA Pfizer 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.

Sussex County Coronavirus Information