COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
Valley is dedicated to administering the COVID-19 vaccine to as many members of the community as possible, but due to current supply, we are unable to schedule new appointments at this time. We hope to be able to open up new appointments again as more vaccine becomes available.
Please check back frequently for updates about when you will be able to schedule an appointment. Please refrain from calling the hospital or our medical practices, as all the latest information is available here.
We encourage you to visit covidvaccine.nj.gov to register for the vaccine and reserve your spot. You will receive instructions on when the vaccine is available to you.
Please note: All those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine at Valley must have an appointment. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins. In addition, we can only accommodate those individuals who live, work, or attend school in New Jersey.
The availability of vaccines to protect our community against coronavirus is an important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
With two vaccines on the market, hope is here.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine have been approved and are now being administered to healthcare professionals nationwide, including Valley doctors and staff. Data shows that both are highly effective – 94 percent and higher – in protecting against COVID-19.
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 or dead virus material.
WATCH: In this edition of “Virtually Valley,” Robert Brenner, MD, Valley’s President of Clinical Integration and Physician Enterprise, presents a detailed review of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
So far, nationally reported side effects of the two vaccines 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.
New Jersey will be distributing the vaccine in three phases:
Phase 1: Limited Supply
a. Healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff
b. Frontline essential workers (police, firefighters, etc.) and those over the age of 75
c. Additional essential workers, those with underlying medical conditions, and those above the age of 65
Phase 2: Larger Amount of Doses
a. Continuing vaccination of Phase 1 persons
b. Slowly increasing availability to other groups
Phase 3: Rolling Supply for the Remainder of the Population
Regardless of vaccination status, it is very important to continue to adhere to safety guidelines. This includes:
- Wearing a mask
- Keeping at least 6ft away from others
- Avoiding crowds and gatherings
- Following CDC travel restrictions and quarantine guidelines
More COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
For the most up to date and accurate information regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine, follow the links below: