In order to comply with state regulations, registration for all COVID -19 vaccine appointments must be done through internet-based CDMS.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SCHEDULING:
Niagara Falls Memorial Center has not received enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to meet public demand. We regret that the vaccination clinics scheduled during each of the days from January 18 through January 22 have to be canceled. As soon as we receive new vaccine shipments we will reschedule the clinics.
We are diligently working to get more vaccine doses delivered to our community. Thank you in advance for your patience and your cooperation.
We are in unprecedented times, we ask for your patience and support so we can continue to work with our partners to resolve this. We have an amazing community and a top-notch team of healthcare professionals working day and night. Rest assured, we will overcome this setback and resume our vaccination clinic. Thank you for your continued support and your understanding. We are NIAGARA STRONG!
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense the COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify
As is the case with other regional hospitals, Memorial is experiencing periodic vaccine shortages due to overwhelming demand and short supply. Therefore, the scheduling of vaccine events will depend on the availability of the vaccine Memorial receives. Under New York’s expanded eligibility, the list of individuals below will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Who Is Eligible
The medical center will continue to vaccinate members of Priority Group 1A, which includes front-line health care workers, nursing home residents, emergency medical services personnel, and residents of group homes overseen by state agencies such as the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Mental Health. This will change periodically. We will be following NYS Department of Health guidelines.
- Individuals Age 65 and older
- First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies
State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
Police and Investigators
State Police, including Troopers
State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
County Police Departments and Police Districts
City, Town, and Village Police Departments
Transit or other Public Authority Police Departments
State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority
- Public Safety Communications
Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
- Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
Other Police or Peace Officers
Support or Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
- P-12 Schools
P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
In-Person College Instructors
Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting
Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers
In-Person College Instructors
- Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers
- Public Transit
Airline and airport employees
Passenger railroad employees
Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
Port Authority employees
Public bus employee
- Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same household
Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents.
Frequently Asked Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine
Is there COVID virus in the vaccine?
No, this is not a live virus. The vaccine has been developed to give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of a spike protein similar to what is on the surface of the virus. Once the protein is made by our cells, we get rid of the “instructions” from the vaccine and then our immune system builds natural antibodies, thus giving us some protection.
What are the most common adverse reactions seen here at NFMMC?
Based on feedback from employees that have had the vaccine here at NFMMC, we are seeing mainly a sore arm for about 24 hrs. Some have also said they had a mild headache and felt tired. On a smaller scale, staff have said they had a low fever and were a little nauseous. Overall, there have not been any serious reactions here. Most staff have said it wasn’t nearly as bad as they thought and were generally pleased with the process and how quickly and painless the actual shot was. We hope to continue this trend!
What if I’ve had COVID previously?
You may have developed some protection through antibodies, but the level of protection isn’t well known at this time. It is recommended to still receive the vaccine as long as you are outside of the quarantine period, asymptomatic, and not showing signs of active disease (all typically after 10 days from the start of symptoms)
Patients who have received monoclonal antibody treatment should wait 90 days before receiving the vaccine.
If I get COVID after receiving the first vaccine dose, what does that mean?
The active disease is not related to the vaccine itself, as it does not contain a live virus. You may have already been infected, just without symptoms, and then started to show symptoms after the vaccine. Also, protection from the vaccine is not immediate.
When will the vaccine start to work?
In the Pfizer vaccine studies, protection was seen starting around day 12 after the first shot, providing about 52% effectiveness. Around 7 days after the second dose, this went up to 95%.
Similar results were seen with the Moderna vaccine.
Do I still need to wear a mask, social distance, etc.?
Yes, proper precautions should still be in place, as the best prevention is a combination of the vaccine and continuation of these guidelines. As stated above, protection also is not immediate.
Can I spread COVID even after getting the vaccine?
The vaccine may protect you from getting serious symptoms or general illness, but you can still potentially be a carrier of the virus and contagious to others.
Will the vaccine interfere with a COVID test?
No, the vaccine will not cause a positive PCR or antigen test.