Please be aware that while we have received approval from the New York State Department of Health to administer vaccines, Middletown Medical does not currently have the vaccine yet. We are just as frustrated by this situation as you are.
Middletown Medical patients and members of the public are encouraged to subscribe to the COVID-19 Vaccine Notification List. Once the vaccine is available, Middletown Medical will notify you via email and/or text message.
Please remember we remain available for COVID-19 testing services. You can learn more by visiting our testing webpage.
More information & FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found below:
COVID-19 VACCINE PHASES
- The New York State COVID-19 vaccination process includes a Phased Distribution Plan. We are currently in Phase 1a and initial groups from Phase 1b. To find a complete list of eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b, please visit our website here.
BENEFITS OF GETTING A COVID-19 VACCINE
- COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. It may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINE
- The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed. Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.
- CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited. To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first.
- There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
- Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
COVID-19 VACCINE FAQ
How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
- The two authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States both need two shots to be effective. There is one COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States that uses one shot.
Do I need to wear a mask when I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
- Yes. CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine.
Who is paying for COVID-19 vaccine?
- Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available?
- COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated.
- However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received 2 doses of the vaccine?
- Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
How do I report it if I have a problem or bad reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
- CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects these data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence.
- Healthcare providers will be required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS. Healthcare providers also have to adhere to any revised safety reporting requirements according to FDA’s conditions of authorized use throughout the duration of any Emergency Use Authorization; these requirements would be posted on FDA’s website.