THIRD DOSES vs. BOOSTERS – What’s the Difference?
Since August 2021, the Vineland Health Department has been vaccinating immunocompromised people with a THIRD DOSE of Moderna or Pfizer, as approved and recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity (after the initial two-dose vaccine series) compared to those who are not immunocompromised. Thus, immunocompromised individuals should receive a THIRD DOSE to improve their immune system’s response to their initial vaccine series.
At this time, the Vineland Health Department is only authorized to give a THIRD DOSE to eligible immunocompromised individuals. To be eligible, you must have received your second dose no sooner than 28 days ago, AND have one or more of the immunocompromised conditions listed below:
- Receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine 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 or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
As of September 28, 2021, Vineland Health Department is vaccinating eligible adults with a PFIZER BOOSTER DOSE, as approved and recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BOOSTERS for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are NOT yet approved.
To be eligible for a PFIZER BOOSTER DOSE, you must have received your second Pfizer dose at least six (6) months ago, AND you must be in one of these eligible groups:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings;
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions*;
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions*, 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 settings, including healthcare workers, based on their individual benefits and risks.
*Eligible Medical Conditions: chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, dementia or other neurological conditions, diabetes, Down syndrome, heart conditions (including high blood pressure), overweight, liver disease, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or thalassemia, current or former smoker, stroke or disease that restricts blood flow to the brain, substance use disorders
Unsure if you need an additional dose? Talk to your doctor to talk about whether a THIRD DOSE or BOOSTER is right for you.
COVID-19 VACCINE FACT SHEETS
Johnson & Johnson
Moderna EUA Fact Sheet
Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet
COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts – English
COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts – Spanish
HOW TO GET VACCINATED
You must download, complete, and print the COVID-19 Consent Form (see button below) and bring it to your appointment. Forms can be also be found at the Vineland Public Library (1058 E. Landis Avenue) and the Lobby of City Hall (640 E. Wood St.).
Items you will need to get vaccinated:
- Your completed and signed Consent Form
- Your health insurance card (if you have one)
- Your valid photo ID
- Your vaccination card (if getting a second dose or additional dose)
- Your guardian (if under 18 years of age)
Our clinic is located at the former Vineland Amish Marketplace (formerly Newberry’s) on the 600 block of E. Elmer Street (use parking lot entrance).
While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred. To book an appointment, see the instructions below.
How to book an appointment
Click the vaccine brand of your choice (below) to see the next clinic date and times available. Select an appointment time, then fill out the required information to complete your appointment booking. You will receive a confirmation email. If you need to cancel, you can use the “edit appointment” option at the bottom of your confirmation email.
If a date is “unavailable” appointments have been taken. Please check back for updates. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.