Kingston, NY – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that all three COVID-19 booster doses have been approved by the FDA, CDC, and New York State Department of Health, and that Ulster County will begin to administer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses, in addition to Pfizer, starting Friday, October 29th, at the Ulster County Department of Health’s POD (point of dispensing) at the former Best Buy at the Hudson Valley Mall. Appointments are available at VaccinateUlster.com, and walk-ins are welcome.
“Our ability to offer vaccines safely and quickly was an essential part of why Ulster County became a leader in vaccination rates and how we were able to keep our positivity rate down,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said. “As we enter the winter holiday season, I am encouraging all residents who are eligible to receive their booster shot.”
Pfizer and Moderna boosters are recommended for the following people who received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior:
- Ages 65 years and older
- Age 18 and older who live in a long-term care setting
- Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions (link is external)
- Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings
A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended for anyone 18 and older who is two or more months from having received the vaccine.
Some research indicates that an mRNA vaccine booster may benefit those who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is recommended that people who received a Pfizer or Moderna series receive a booster of the same vaccine. The Moderna booster dose is half the amount of a first, second, or additional dose. However, if the same vaccine is not available or if a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to the FDA and CDC. Consult with your primary care physician to determine what is the best option for COVID-19 booster for you.
For answers to frequently asked questions, to view the upcoming Ulster County Department of Health POD schedule and to make an appointment, visit VaccinateUlster.com.