COVID-19 Vaccine Information

This page last updated: 10/18/2021

Moderna vaccine quantity on hand: 100

Influenza vaccine quantity on hand: 0

 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY CAREFULLY.

 

Riverside Remedies is currently offering first-dose COVID-19 immunizations for unvaccinated individuals and third-dose immunizations for eligible individuals.

Regarding third-dose (booster) immunizations:

  • Currently, the Moderna vaccine is ONLY approved for third-dose use in severely immunocompromised patients (see below).  Age and timing are not considered for eligibility. 
  • Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty) is approved for third-dose use in severely immunocompromised patients AND for individuals 65 years of age and older.

 

The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee voted on October 14th to authorize third doses of the Moderna vaccine to all individuals over 65, similar to the current guidelines for the Pfizer vaccine. 

HOWEVER – as of Monday, October 18th, the guidelines have NOT yet changed for the Moderna vaccine. The advisory committee’s vote was only to recommend third doses for all over 65; the FDA must still decide when and how to implement that decision. They will likely approve the recommendations and send guidance to providers within a few days.

Until then, we are NOT permitted to administer universal booster doses of the Moderna vaccine. This page will be updated when the NYS Department of Health advises the new guidelines have been adopted.

 

Who is eligible to receive primary course of vaccine?

All individuals who meet the minimum age criteria (12 and up for Pfizer-BioNTech, and 18 and up for Moderna) are eligible to receive a primary course of COVID-19 vaccination.

Riverside Remedies will only be offering the Moderna vaccine at this time.

The Moderna vaccine requires a two-dose sequence to confer maximum immunity. It is administered into the deltoid muscle (the upper outer portion of your arm, same location as a flu shot).

The interval between doses for the Moderna vaccine is 28 days.

The second dose must be administered as closely as possible to the recommended interval, and there is very little room for deviating from that schedule. Please plan accordingly.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not interchangeable. You must return to your original provider to receive your second dose.

After receiving your first dose, you will receive a vaccination card specifying which vaccine was administered, where, and when. Bring this card with you to your second appointment.

 

Who is eligible to receive a third dose?

On 12 August 2021, the FDA amended the EUA for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the administration of an additional (i.e. third) dose for certain people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.

On 17 September 2021, the CDC released results of a study demonstrating that efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to prevent hospitalization in individuals 65 and older decreased significantly over time, from 91% (two to eight weeks after the second dose, median = 69 days) to 77% (beyond day 120 of the study, median = 141 days). In contrast, the Moderna vaccine’s efficacy decreased by only 1% over the same interval and population group (93% to 92%). Click here to read the full report.

Thus, on 22 September 2021, the FDA approved a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to administered to adults 65 and older, but excluded the Moderna vaccine (except for severely immunocompromised individuals).

Other fully vaccinated individuals who are not immune compromised do not need an additional vaccine dose at this time.

Due to insufficient data, the additional dose guidelines do not apply to the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and does not support the use of an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose after a single dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

An additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (at least 28 days following the last dose of the primary COVID-19 vaccine series) should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies,
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy,
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy),
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency,
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection,
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (e.g. > 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-associated immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

The EUA amendment is not intended for persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, for which there might be mild associated immunosuppression, nor for residents of long-term care facilities who do not otherwise meet the moderate to severe immunocompromised criteria.

A third dose is not currently recommended or authorized in NYS based on age or interval between doses alone.

When can I receive my vaccine?

Vaccination will be offered weekly, Monday through Thursday, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, or until supplies run out.

No appointment is necessary, though we recommend arriving as early as possible.

Individuals arriving later in the afternoon may be asked to return at a different time or on another day to minimize the risk of discarding unused doses.

 

For unvaccinated individuals seeking their first dose:

  • Verify eligibility:
    • Currently any individual 18 or older may receive the Moderna vaccine.
  • Print and complete the Vaccine Consent Form.
  • Complete the online NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to arriving at the pharmacy.
  • Arrive at the pharmacy between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, with your completed consent form and driver’s license.
  • Your second appointment will be scheduled for 28 days after the date of your first vaccination.

 

For vaccinated individuals seeking their third dose:

  • Verify eligibility:
    • The individual previously received two doses of the Moderna vaccine, AND
    • More than 28 days has elapsed since receipt of the most recent Moderna dose, AND
    • The individual meets the eligibility criteria as described above.
  • Locate your vaccine card to bring to the pharmacy.
  • Print and complete the Vaccine Consent Form.
  • Print and complete the Third-Dose Eligibility Attestation Form.
  • Complete the online NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to arriving at the pharmacy.
  • Arrive at the pharmacy between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, with your completed consent form, eligibility attestation form, and vaccine card.

Can I receive a flu shot at the same time as my COVID vaccine?

Yes, we will be receiving a shipment of standard-dose quadrivalent influenza vaccines in the near future. This page will be updated with more information when they become available.

Flu shots are available at Riverside Remedies for all individuals aged 5 and up.

Most insurance plans cover flu shots in full; the out-of-pocket cost if not covered or uninsured is $20.00.

 

I can’t find my vaccine card. Can I get a new one with my third dose?

More on this to come later.

Keep looking, it’s in your house somewhere.