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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Currently Get the Vaccine?
Currently, in New Jersey, vaccines are available to:
- Everyone 5 years of age and older
- If you have been fully vaccinated with a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you may be eligible for a booster shot.
Are Vaccinations Free? Will My Insurance Cover Them?
No one will have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine itself. According to the CDC, all providers must vaccinate individuals regardless of their health insurance coverage and are prohibited from charging recipients.
- All private health care plans are required to provide coverage for the vaccine regardless of whether the provider is in or out of network.
- Anyone covered by Medicare, Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, SHBP, SEHBP, or CHIP will be covered to receive the vaccine.
- If you do not have health insurance, you will be able to receive the vaccine free of charge from any provider participating in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
More information on insurance and the vaccine can be found here.
Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe and Effective?
COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use have gone through clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants to determine their safety and efficacy. The known and potential benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the known and potential harms. To take extra precautions, after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be required to stay an additional 15 minutes for observation to monitor any potential side effects. Like many vaccines, a COVID-19 vaccine may cause some minor temporary discomfort. Some of these include a sore arm, tiredness, headache, muscle pains, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, redness, nausea, feeling unwell, and swollen lymph nodes. There is a small chance that vaccines will cause a severe allergic reaction, which is why you are required to stay for observation. It should also be noted that the COVID-19 vaccine will NOT give you COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Where & How Do I Get the Vaccine?
Currently anyone ages 5 and up can receive the vaccine in NJ. If you are one of these people, you can register to receive the vaccine here or come visit one of our Urgent Care centers in Cliffside Park, Bergenfield, North Bergen, or Norwood. New Jersey has developed an extensive network of vaccination sites to serve those who are currently able to get the vaccine. There are many places you can go to get vaccinated including acute care hospitals, large state-coordinated mega sites, county/local sites, retail pharmacies, and other medical locations. AM/PM is also providing vaccinations using Moderna and you can come in to receive your first, second, or booster at any of our locations.
How Do COVID-19 Vaccines Work?
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without actually getting the illness. Unlike other vaccines which put a weakened or inactive germ into our bodies, mRNA vaccines, when injected, instruct the cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The immune response will produce antibodies that will protect our bodies from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. This is the first time that mRNA vaccines have received an emergency use authorization, but researchers have been working with mRNA for decades. These vaccines can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials, which can result in a quicker release of the vaccine as compared to other traditional types of vaccines. As soon as necessary information about coronavirus became available, scientists started working on the vaccine. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination, and how the mRNA’s work, click here.
How Many COVID-19 Shots are Needed to be Effective?
Pfizer and Moderna require individuals to get two shots in order to be fully effective, with an additional booster shot suggested 6 months after your second shot. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine consists of two doses 21 days apart, and the Moderna vaccine has two doses 28 days apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved for emergency use and requires only one dose to prevent Covid-19, although it is less effective than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Who Should Get a Booster Shot or Third Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?
If you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and are 18 or older, you are eligible for a “booster shot” at any vaccine location, at least two months after. For those who received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, a booster shot is suggested six months after your second shot in some situations.
Who is Eligible for Booster Shots?
The following groups are currently eligible for booster shots:
- Ages 18+ Who Received Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: People who are 18 and older who received a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least two months after their Johnson & Johnson shot
- Ages 65+ and Long-Term Care Residents: People who are 65 years and older or who live in long-term care settings who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, at least six months after their second shot
- Ages 50+ With High-Risk Health Conditions: People who are ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions (listed below) who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, at least six months after their second shot
- Ages 18+ With High-Risk Health Conditions: People who are ages 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions (listed below) who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, at least six months after their second shot
- Ages 18+ in Jobs or Settings With Increased COVID-19 Risk: People who are ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they work or reside (examples below) who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, at least six months after their second shot
Do I Still Have to Wear a Mask After Getting Vaccinated?
Yes, it is still strongly recommended that you wear a mask even if you are vaccinated, especially in an indoor setting. CDC recommends wearing a mask that covers your face and nose when in contact with others outside of your household, in healthcare facilities, and when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to continue to utilize all of the tools in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, like wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing your hands.
If I Already Had COVID-19, Should I Still Get Vaccinated?
Yes, experts believe that people who have already gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting the vaccine. At this time, not enough information is known about natural immunity to COVID-19 among those who have already had it, such as the length of time during which it is unlikely to get sick again.