Most of you have probably read or heard that starting April 6th, anyone 16 years and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. That is awesome news. Currently the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 years and older, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson 18 years and older.
At this time, our office is unable to offer any of the vaccines due to ordering and administration constraints. The Pfizer vaccine can only be ordered in quantities of 1075 doses and all doses need to be administered in 7 days. It also has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius (my freezer is -30 degrees). The other vaccines have to be ordered in 100 doses with the same administration requirements. I do not have enough patients who would qualify for the vaccine to be able to order them.
The vaccines will be available through all the current sites. For patients under 16, you can explore the study described in my previous post.
Now the bad news, the number of new cases in NY and Monroe County are rising. This is not the time to relax precautions. Please Stay Calm but wear a mask, stay distanced and follow the current guidelines.
Best wishes for a Happy Easter, Passover and Ramadan.