COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Valley is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals ages 12 and older.

To meet the needs of our immunocompromised patients, Valley is also offering a third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, at least 28 days after the completion of an initial 2-dose vaccine series, to eligible individuals. Third doses will be administered at 599 Valley Health Plaza in Paramus.

The immunocompromised criteria include:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies 
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy 
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy) 
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes) 
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection 
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

Please note:

  • All those seeking a third dose will be required to present their vaccination card.
  • At this time, an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not recommended, nor is an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, for those who initially received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

All individuals seeking vaccination must show proof of age (can include a birth certificate, passport, etc.) at the time of their appointment. Those ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Schedule a Vaccine Appointment

Initial Doses

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Before making an appointment for the initial dose, please be aware that you must be available 21 days later (Pfizer) to receive the second dose.

Third Dose

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Before making an appointment for the third dose, please be aware that you must meet the immunocompromised criteria above.

Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Location

Wellness & Walk-In Care Center at Garden State Plaza
  • Level 1, across from Aroma Espresso Bar

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Location

Paramus Vaccination Center
  • 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus

A Zocdoc account is required to schedule an appointment. Learn how to schedule using Zocdoc.

If you are still in need of your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, please call 1-800-VALLEY 1 to schedule an appointment.

We are also partnering with local community pediatrician offices. Parents should contact their pediatrician’s office today to determine if they administer COVID-19 vaccines before scheduling.

How Do the Vaccines Work?

Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without the body actually contracting the illness. Subsequently, antibodies and other immune reactions fight the virus should it enter the body.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccines DO NOT contain any live virus material.

Vaccine Safety

We believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you, your loved ones, and others against the virus. Due to the deadly toll associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccines were fast-tracked to make them available as soon as possible. However, there were no shortcuts in the process for safety and efficacy.

Common side effects of the vaccines can include:

  • Injection site pain
  • Injection site swelling/redness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Body aches

These side effects are actually a good sign – they indicate that the body is developing the hoped-for immune response against the COVID-19 virus. All of the mentioned side effects are short-term and dissipate within a few days.

More COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

For the most up to date and accurate information regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine, follow the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Vaccine Fact Sheets

You may wish to review the vaccine fact sheets before scheduling your appointment:

Comirnaty Pfizer Vaccine Information Fact Sheet
Moderna EUA Fact Sheet
Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheet