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Third doses in a series of either Pfizer or Moderna have been recommended for people with severe to immune compromising conditions because of the possibility their first two doses might not be enough to fully protect them. These doses are given at least 28 days past their second dose and should be the same vaccine they already received. (There is no additional dose for J&J vaccine at the moment.)
Booster doses of Pfizer vaccine are another dose given 6 months past the second dose of Pfizer for anyone who fits the booster criteria. (see next question)
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Yes! The CDC approved Pfizer vaccine boosters for children aged 12-15 on Jan 5, 2021.
Our regular clinics this winter are by appointment at the Elks Lodge at 17 Spring Street in Florence and the City Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 212 Main St. More information and links to appointments here: https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics.
We are working with partners and Board of Health throughout Hampshire County to provide appointments out in the communities. Appointments for these mobile clinics are available through the same links as above as those clinics are planned.
If our clinic times do not work for you, you can also look on the Massachusetts VaxFinder page here: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Boosters are available for the following people based on their individual benefits and risks; if you are concerned about your risk please consult your healthcare provider.
*Please note regarding J&J: On December 16, 2021 the CDC endorsed updated recommendations to express a clinical preference for individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines over the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine.
Yes, we are offering booster doses for anyone who is fully vaccinated. We do check your vaccine card and/or record to make sure your booster is timed correctly. Please see the related question about booster eligibility.
These conditions or treatments include but are not limited to:
You can make an appointment at any of our clinics.
We offer third doses in the series of Pfizer or Moderna at our clinics for people with moderate to severe immune compromise. The CDC page on immunocompromising conditions is here. Third doses are available for people who have received the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine a minimum of 28 days ago.
A list of immune compromising conditions is the previous question.
Yes, typically we do. The website is updated with the doses that are available.
Our nurse keeps a list of individuals who need a dose of Moderna vaccine. Explanation: There are 10 doses per vial of Moderna. We open one vial at a time so we don’t waste vaccine doses.
Please leave your name and phone number on her voicemail. Kate Kelly = x1216 It is also reasonable to look for Moderna by calling local pharmacies or other pop-up clinics in the area. VaxFinder is the statewide resource. https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
We will be able to increase appointment availability once the “booster” is officially approved by CDC.
There are three ways to obtain your vaccination record:
1. Access your vaccination record on your own healthcare web portal. The fastest way for you to obtain a copy of your vaccination record in Massachusetts is to access your primary care provider's web portal for your immunization record and save or print your vaccine record from there.
2. Call your provider for an MIIS vaccine certificate or printout of your vaccination records. Massachusetts healthcare providers who give any vaccines (all primary care providers) have access to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System and can download a vaccination certificate.
3. Request a card from the place where you received your vaccine dose(s). If you received your dose(s) at the Northampton Health Department we ask staff to work on new card requests during clinic days each week and we mail them. We will try to accommodate you as soon as possible. Please know that we receive many requests for lost cards and this can take a week or more to get to you. To request a handwritten card, please send email with your name, date of birth, mailing address, and phone number (in case we have questions) OR call Public Health Nurse Kate Kelly and leave a message with this information at 413-587-1216.
No, at least not yet. Currently the CDC recommends booster doses for people ages 16+. Our clinics always pivot to meet any new CDC recommendations or guidance. If the recommendations change, we will change what we offer.
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (group that advises the CDC) is on Wednesday January 5, 2022.