Wegmans now offering Pfizer vaccine booster shots to those who are eligible

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Those eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot can now schedule an appointment to receive one through Wegmans.

Appointments must be scheduled online. The shot is free.

Wegmans says you should bring your vaccination card or other proof to the appointment. Proof of eligibility is not required, but you will be asked to attest that you are eligible.

President Biden received his booster shot on Monday, joining more than 2.5 million Americans who have received a third dose since August.

“Boosters are important,” Biden said. “But the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated.”

A third dose of the vaccine is not currently required to be considered “fully vaccinated.” Anyone who is at least two weeks removed from their Johnson & Johnson shot or their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is still considered fully vaccinated.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said this weekend that New York has enough vaccine supply for eligible New Yorkers who need booster shots.

“Our top priority remains staying ahead of this constantly changing virus and protecting New Yorkers with effective, long-lasting vaccines,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul. “As we’ve heard from our federal and State medical and health experts, as with many other vaccines, the protection from the COVID-19 vaccine can wane over time. A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help particularly at-risk New Yorkers stay protected from the virus for longer. While the focus of our vaccination effort remains ensuring all unvaccinated New Yorkers get vaccinated, those who are booster eligible should waste no time receiving maximum protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible.”

According to officials from the governor’s office, New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series if:

  • They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
  • They are 50-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions. 

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may receive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series if:

  • They are18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on your individual benefits and risks.
  • They are 18-64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of your occupational or institutional setting, based on your individual benefits and risks. 

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed a CDC advisory committee’s recommendation to allow older or otherwise vulnerable Americans to get the Pfizer booster. The CDC has not yet endorsed Moderna or Johnson & Johnson boosters. According to CDC reccomendations:

“People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

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-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.”

“Getting New Yorkers vaccinated still remains our top priority as we work to stop the spread of COVID,” Gov. Hochul said.

If you’re eligible and would like to get the booster, you can book an appointment through the NYS’s website, here.

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