Third Dose/Additional Dose for Immunocompromised
The New York State Department of Health has authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for New Yorkers with moderately or severely compromised immune systems. (Please note: this is not the same as a booster dose. See below for information on booster doses.)
This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation on August 14, 2021.
Eligible New Yorkers can receive their third dose 28 days after completion of their two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series.
The CDC is currently recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose, including people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medications to suppress the immune system;
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy that causes severe immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress your immune response.
The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) amendment for an additional dose 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.
If you are unsure if your condition falls into one of the above categories, please talk to your physician prior to calling for an appointment to determine if a third dose is appropriate for you. You will be required to sign an attestation stating that you fall into one of the categories listed above at the time of your appointment.
A booster dose is a dose of vaccine administered when the initial sufficient immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time.
On September 24, 2021, the CDC authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine ONLY. The CDC recommendations are as follows:
- People 65 years and older and residents of long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series of Pfizer,
- People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series of Pfizer,
- People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series of Pfizer, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Individual benefits and risks are best assessed by an individual’s doctor or medical team.
Currently there is insufficient data to support the use of a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose after an initial two-dose series of Moderna or single-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
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Weekly Clinics at 325 Columbia Street, Hudson
The Health Department is now offering COVID-19 vaccine at its weekly immunization clinics at 325 Columbia Street, First Floor, in Hudson. Clinics are held every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday of the month, the immunization clinic runs from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. COVID-19 vaccine is available at these clinics by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (518)828-3358, option 4. Please call ahead if you would like to check what vaccine is available at any given clinic or visit http://vaccines.gov.
The Columbia County Department of Health (CCDOH) is committed to providing the COVID-19 Vaccine to every person who resides and/or works in our county. However, the amount of vaccine provided to us each week is beyond our control. Since information has been changing so rapidly, please check back for any updates or changes.
Number of Vaccinations by CCDOH As of October 9, 2021:
1st Shot – 11,193
2nd Shot – 9,494
3rd Shot (Moderna/Pfizer) – 99
- If you are a veteran and are (or even if not) a member of Hudson Valley or Albany VA health system, you can obtain information about getting the vaccine from your VA health care provider or from the VA COVID-19 Vaccine Information page: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. The Hudson Valley VA has set up a COVID-19 Vaccine Line 1-845-838-7668.
NY ALERT COVID-19 Vaccine Information Email:
Columbia County has expanded the use of the NY ALERT mass notification system to include a public information category. This addition will allow people to receive general COVID-19 Vaccine Information. The information provided is non-emergency general information which will be sent via email to those who subscribe to NY ALERT and request COVID-19 Vaccine Information. For details on how to subscribe to this FREE service or alter an existing account visit https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/news/ny-alert-covid-19-vaccine-information/
COVID-19 VACCINE FRAUD: New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can now call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov.
LOCAL PHARMACY VACCINE APPOINTMENTS:
You can also check with local Pharmacies for vaccine appointments! https://capitalregionalrx.com/covid-vaccine-appointment/
Please check with your local Pharmacy about eligibility and available appointments. Many pharmacies locally are currently accepting walk-in appointments.
CVS Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Info.: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=coronavirus-lp-vaccine-hero#statetool or Appointment Hotline 800-746-7287
ShopRite Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Info.: https://www.shoprite.com/pharmacy/
Walgreens Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Info.: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
NYS Dashboard: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-tracker
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Info.: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html
Media Releases from the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors: https://www.columbiacountyny.com/
NY ALERT COVID-19 Vaccine Information: https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-information/
PDF – COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: https://www.columbiacountyny.com/emo.html
Download the Columbia County Health Department mobile app: https://apps.myocv.com/share/