The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is prepared and administered at Holy Name Medical Center on 1/11/21. r Mandatory photo credit to Jeff Rhode/Holy Name Medical Center

New and returning patients welcome for first, second or third doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer, Moderna and J&J (one dose) available

Asbury Park, NJ-The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ-CHC) is offering a third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to New Jersey residents with compromised immune systems, in accordance with guidelines recently issued by the CDC.

COVID-19 vaccines for people age 12 and older are available without an appointment at the VNACJ-CHC locations in Asbury Park, Freehold and Keyport, Monday through Friday from 10 am till 3:30 pm.  All vaccines are administered by licensed medical providers and stored with temperature controls in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Pre-registration is not required.  However, those who choose to register before walking in for their vaccines will save time for themselves and our staff. Our registration portal is located here.  Those who previously received a COVID-19 vaccine from VNACJ-CHC are already in our system and do not need to register again.

CDC recommendations for 3rd dose

The CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

CDC and FDA recommend that people receive the same vaccine they received for their first two doses for their third dose.  If the same vaccine is not available, Pfizer and Moderna can be substituted for each other. Patients should wait at least four weeks before receiving a third dose.

No doctor’s note or proof of being immunocompromised is required to receive a third dose. Patients should present their ID, their documentation of receiving the first two doses, and their insurance card if they have one.

People age 12-17 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The CDC additionally recommends that those who live with or are in close contact with an immunocompromised person received either the standard two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or the single dose of J&J/Janssen, if they have not done so already.

VNACJ-CHC is a federally qualified community health center with four locations throughout Monmouth County, NJ — Asbury Park, Freehold, Keyport, and Red Bank. The agency offers standard doses of all three FDA emergency use authorized vaccines, as well as a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer to immunocompromised patients, at its health centers and at numerous pop-up sites throughout the county.

From January through June of this year, VNACH-CHC administered over 86,000 vaccines at off site locations it established in cooperation with its community partners at the Asbury Park Senior Center, Bell Works in Holmdel, the Community YMCA in Red Bank, the Bucky James Community Center in Long Branch, the St. Rose of Lima Parrish Center in Freehold Boro and the Freehold Boro Firehouse, in addition to many mobile sites.

Patients need not have received their first two doses of Moderna or Pfizer from VNACJ-CHC in order to receive their third dose from the agency. Nor do they need to return to VNACJ-CHC for their third dose.

 

Media inquiries: Contact Art Gallagher, 848-231-7268