At NextCare, we have been allotted a set number of the Moderna vaccines, which we will be offering in the initial stages of our rollout. As far as our supply, we have only been allotted a certain number of shots and therefore the vaccine will only be available at select clinics and locations, at least for the time being.
On our website, we have updated specific location pages that will be offering the vaccine with the following logo so our patients can quickly and easily determine where the vaccine will be available. Visit our locations page to learn more.
The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for any one 18 years of age or older. The vaccines are undergoing further testing at the moment with hopes of also expanding the age range to teens and children, but this has not been approved as of this time.
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face and throat
- A fast heartbeat
- A bad rash all over the body
- Dizziness & weakness
The COVID-19 booster shot process is taking a similar approach to what we saw during the initial rollout of the vaccine. At this time, only select groups of people are eligible to receive the Moderna booster shot, with increased eligibility occurring over time and when more supplies become available.
As of November 2, 2021, those who are immediately eligible for the booster shot include:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older
- Individuals 18 + who live in long-term care settings
- Individuals 18 + who have underlying health conditions
- Individuals 18-64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
- Individuals 18-64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COIVD-19 including severe illness. These high risk occupations or environments include healthcare workers, school teachers and day care staff, grocery store workers and people who frequent homeless shelters or prisons.
No matter which vaccine you received initially, you are able to receive the Moderna booster shot and it will be just as effective. Moderna’s booster shot is designed to be effective for all recipients regardless of what initial vaccine they received, but the only changes occur as to when you should get it.
It is recommended that you receive the Moderna booster shot 6 months after your original Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series was complete, whereas if you originally had the J&J vaccine then you only have to wait two months.
The latest data and reports from those who have received the booster shot show that the side effect profile is similar to those that occurred after the initial 2-shot primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the initial vaccine, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.
Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series or two weeks after the single dose of the J&J vaccine.
NextCare only offers the Moderna booster shot at this time. We did originally offer both Moderna and J&J vaccines at our clinics, however you are eligible for the booster shot at NextCare regardless of what vaccine you originally received.
Again, the Moderna booster shot has only been released for people in certain age groups and situations, but it is available to people regardless of what original vaccine they chose.
There is currently no timeline on when the vaccine booster will be opened up to other groups of people, but it may be recommended as more data becomes available. The initial COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective at reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. If you have not gotten your original vaccine, NextCare can help. Please visit our vaccine page to learn more. https://nextcare.com/covid-19-vaccine/
No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well and have done a tremendous job at preventing illness, hospitalization and death, even against the widely talked about Delta variant. However, over time public health experts have started to see a reduction in protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease. Vaccine booster shots are designed to aid the initial vaccine and provide the extra protection we may have lost over time and does not indicate that the first vaccine did not work properly.