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Recommended number and timing of doses for most people
Find answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccinations on the CDC website.
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Please call (518) 447-7198 to arrange a time for us to vaccinate you at your home.
This includes homebound seniors, people with disabilities, people lacking childcare, or other accessibility issues.
Visit the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker to see how many vaccines have been distributed and administered across the state.
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SEE BELOW for information about vaccines for CHILDREN AGES 6 MONTHS-4 YEARS
We add clinic dates & locations regularly, so please check this page often.
If you can’t get to a clinic, we’ll come to you! Please call (518) 447-7198 to arrange a time for us to vaccinate you at your home. This includes homebound seniors, people with disabilities, people lacking childcare, or other accessibility issues.
Children 6 months to 4 years old are now eligible and should receive a COVID-19 primary series vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been authorized by the federal government for this age group.
Contact your child’s primary care provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
It will take time for COVID-19 vaccine for this age group to be distributed to medical providers. Please be patient.
Albany County is committed to working with area pediatric providers to ensure widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in practice settings.
Parents or guardians must consent to have their child vaccinated. All children younger than 15 years must have an adult with them when they are vaccinated.
COVID-19 Vaccine Interim COVID-19 Immunization Schedule for 6 Months of Age and Older (CDC) [.pdf]
CDC now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more about vaccines for children and teens.
CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
Parents and guardians looking to schedule vaccine appointments for children ages 5 – 11 are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician, family physician, local county health department, FQHC, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine for this age group.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series
The number of vaccine doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:
If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable for your COVID-19 vaccine primary series. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should get the same product for your second shot.
Additional Primary Dose If You Are Immunocompromised
If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 5 and older) or Moderna (ages 18 and older) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and have a moderately to severely compromised immune system, you should receive an additional primary dose of the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose.
Additional primary doses are not interchangeable. The vaccine used for the additional primary dose should be same as the vaccine used for the primary vaccine series. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.
Currently, CDC does not recommend an additional primary dose if you received a single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or in children less than 12 years old with moderate or severely compromised immune systems.
You are considered “fully vaccinated” when you have received your primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
This would be the original two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
You are considered “up to date” when you have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines.
This includes any additional doses or booster dose(s) when eligible.
Additional info from the CDC
People who were vaccinated outside the United States with a currently FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses.
People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.
Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.
The Capital Region Vaccine Network
For additional information on COVID-19 vaccination specific to the Capital Region, visit the website of the Capital Region Vaccine Network.
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