Vaccine Safety Information
How do I know the vaccine is safe?
The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 and older.
The Pfizer vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12-15 of age.
The Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available under emergency use authorization by the FDA to everyone 18 and up.
To watch Sun River Health medical staff on why you should receive the vaccine, visit youtube.com/sunriverhealth.
Questions about your COVID-19 Vaccine Card or the Excelsior Pass? click here
The Black Coalition Against COVID—The Conversation: Between Us, About Us
El Dr Miguel A. Saldívar, especialista en infectología en Stony Brook Medicine–Lo que necesitas saber sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
Still have questions?
All COVID-19 vaccinations will be at no cost to patients. If you do not have health insurance, there will be no charge if your only reason for coming into the health center is to get the vaccine (similar to a flu shot).
(If you are uninsured and are coming in for another reason but ask to get the vaccine aspart your visit, you will be charged for your visit according to our sliding fee scale.)
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is available to everyone aged 12 and up. Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available to everyone 18 and up. Pfizer is now conducting clinical trials in children aged 6 months to 11 years.
The vaccine is available by walk in or by appointment.
Click here for more information on who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
For information on COVID-19 testing, click here.
What about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots?
A booster shot is another dose of the vaccine that is given to someone who has built enough protection after vaccination but then that protection decreases over time. Currently, the plan is to begin giving COVID-19 booster shots sometime in the fall of 2021. Individuals will be eligible starting eight months after they received their second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). Sun River Health is waiting for guidance from the FDA, CDC and New York State for next steps on booster shots.
Can some people receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Sometimes, people who are immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccine. The FDA and CDC have authorized the use of a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for people 12 or older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised people, including those who:
- Are in active treatment for cancer
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medications to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years, or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Are in active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy that causes severe immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress immune response
The third dose should be the same type of vaccine as the first two whenever possible. At this time, additional doses are not authorized for immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Talk to your doctor about your medical condition to determine if a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.Sun River Health will be sharing self-attestation forms (in multiple languages) to this regard shortly as this will be accepted for 3rd dose vaccinations. Additional information will be available to patients/communities on our internet soon as well.