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COVID-19 VACCINE ALERT: Get Your Booster Shot!

 Walk-in clinics are NOW being held in the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditoriums on the following days/times:

 

  • Tuesdays:  8 am – 11 am and 1 pm – 4 pm 

  • Wednesdays: 7 am – 10 am

  • Thursdays: 8 am – 11 am and  1 pm – 4 pm

Please complete a consent form to bring with you when receiving your booster shot.

Questions? Please call 278-4030

Who’s Eligible

The following individuals who have received a 2-dose primary series of the Pfizer-
BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with the second dose received at least six (6) months
prior are eligible for a Pfizer booster vaccine dose, if they ALSO are:

i. Age 65 years or older, OR

ii. A resident of a long-term care facility age 18 years or older OR

iii. Age 50 through 64 years with one or more of the following
conditions due to increased risk of moderate or severe illness or
death from the virus that causes COVID-19:

1. Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related
cancers)
2. Chronic kidney disease

3. Pulmonary disease, including but not limited to, COPD
(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate to-
severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11
related pulmonary diseases

4. Intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down
syndrome

5. Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure,
coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension
(high blood pressure)

6. Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from
blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV,
use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening
medicines, or other causes

7. Severe obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), obesity (body mass index
[BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

8. Pregnancy

9. Sickle cell disease or thalassemia

10. Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus

11. Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood
supply to the brain)

12. Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer’s
disease or dementia

13. Liver disease; OR

iv. Ages 18 through 49 years with one or more of the underlying
medical conditions listed above, based on individual benefits
and risks; OR

v. Ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19
exposure and transmission because of occupational or
institutional setting based on individual benefits and risks.

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.