COVID-19 Vaccines - Updates

Notice, August 2021:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time; however, some Americans will  be eligible for booster shots later in the fall of 2021.  Click here for CDC updates.

If you qualify for a third dose of vaccine, please call the provider treating you for the immunosuppressed condition(s). Click here to see if you qualify. In addition, there are multiple locations available in New York City and New York State where you can receive your third dose of vaccine; the following sites can help you find community-based locations: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ and https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

News flash: All individuals 12 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider. To check your eligibility, click here. 

To learn more about the New York State Vaccination Program or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Additional Vaccine sites have recently been added; the list below is not complete so do check with your own preferred local pharmacy: 

Walgreens Pharmacy - New appointments posted at midnight and sometimes early morning between 7-9 am. You must make a Walgreens account in the person’s name and verify identity before you will be able to book an appointment. 

https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp 

CVS Pharmacy - No account required. 

https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine 

Rite Aid Pharmacy - Appointments may show up periodically throughout the day. No account required. 

https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier 

Stop & Shop - Appointments are limited, but they do show up periodically throughout the day. No account required. 

https://stopandshopsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory 

Kinney Drugs - Primarily located in upstate New York 

https://www.kinneydrugs.com/locations/appointments/NY 

Top Value Pharmacy - Bronx location. Has an online scheduler and also provides the option to join a waitlist. 

https://resilhealth.com/topvaluepharmacy?fbclid=IwAR2lnpDZ3-qpLBAUg17Q0ufbYs2_-t7v0Sj1 VGCiZZTcim9t14EkevraOrA 

Joseph Pharmacy - sign up to join waitlist 

https://www.josephspharmacy.com/?fbclid=IwAR1zoT-fLGzj3-lMe2dTGHGRStuSezdp9ldf4e-H6 Uv55hq_uWIyByeeTEE

Help for Seniors

For those Scarsdale senior citizens who prefer to schedule an appointment but do not possess the necessary tech skills, a group of Scarsdale High School students, led by Juliette Silk, have stepped into the breach to provide support.  Juliette and her team of helpers may be reached at: Vax Helpers - Juliette Silk: 914-574-7863.

For the homebound, the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp has partnered with the Westchester County Department of Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound Scarsdale residents 18 years of age or older, free of charge. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact SVAC either by phone at 914-722-2288 or by email using covid@scarsdalevac.com.

Please also note that SVAC offers COVID-19 testing for all Scarsdale residents. Any resident needing a COVID-19 test, either rapid or molecular, may schedule an appointment online at www.scarsdalevac.com/covid, or by calling 914-722-2288.

Vaccine hotline for seniors: Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services is helping the county’s senior citizens navigate the COVID-19 vaccine appointment process through an information and assistance phone line on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 914-813-6300, https://seniorcitizens.westchestergov.com/.

For advice and links to helpful resources: Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service - Maryellen Saenger: 914-723-3281.

Need a ride to your appointment?  Contact RideConnect - 914-242-7433,   rideconnectwestchester.org; and  WestFair Rides - 914-764-3533,  westfairrides.org

Sadly, desperate times are often fertile breeding grounds for scammers.  The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) website warns of the following red flags: 

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

See: ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams; and consumerresources.org/beware-coronavirus-scams

Finally, the isolation and restrictions resulting from almost a year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic can cause significant psychological stress and not just on Senior Citizens. NY Project Hope is an emotional support helpline, providing educational materials, and trusted referrals. Contact Project Hope at: 1-844-863-9314; or see their helpful website at: https://nyprojecthope.org/?utm_medium=G1Search&utm_soure=Google&utm_campaign=OMHProjectHOPERSPGrant

 


Published by on January 25, 2021
Last Modified September 22, 2021