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
- 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
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.
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.
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
- 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:
Vaccine Fact Sheets
You may wish to review the vaccine fact sheets before scheduling your appointment: