COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Valley is currently offering an initial two-dose round of the Pfizer vaccine, a third Pfizer vaccine dose for immunocompromised patients 12 and older, and a booster Pfizer dose for those who have been deemed eligible by the CDC.

View eligibility requirements and schedule below.


You May be Eligible for a Booster Dose if You:

Completed an initial Pfizer two-dose vaccine series at least six months ago AND:

  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are 18 years of age or greater and a resident of a long-term care facility
  • Are 18 - 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions that may put you at risk for severe COVID-19 if they become infected with SARS CoV-2
    • Examples of underlying medical conditions include:
      • Cancer
      • Cerebrovascular disease
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • COPD
      • Diabetes
      • Heart conditions
      • Obesity
      • Pregnancy and recent pregnancy
      • Smoking (current and former)
  • Are 18 - 64 years of age with an occupation that puts you at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19, including severe COVID-19
    • Examples include but are not limited to:
      • Healthcare workers
      • First responders
      • Teachers and daycare staff
      • Grocery store workers
      • Homeless shelter residents

Eligibility for Immunocompromised Patients:

In order to receive a third dose, immunocompromised patients must have completed an initial two-dose vaccine series at least 28 days ago.

To view the list of immunocompromised criteria, click here.

Please note:

  • All those seeking a third or booster dose will be required to present proof of vaccination with their vaccination card or the Docket app, as well as proof of ID.
  • If you received the Moderna or J&J vaccine, FDA and CDC approval for a booster dose is still pending. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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 17 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/Booster Dose

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Before making an appointment for the third/booster dose, please be aware that you must fall into one of the eligibility categories above.

Locations

Wellness & Walk-In Care Center at Garden State Plaza

  • Level 1, across from Aroma Espresso Bar
  • Walk-ins are only available for first or second doses. Patients who are walking in for a vaccine, we ask that you do so before 6 p.m. to ensure vaccine availability.

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