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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., — Following emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Novant Health today announced that it will begin administering a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to individuals within certain populations on Monday, Sept. 27. To date, the healthcare system has administered over 550,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which includes more than 277,000 fully vaccinated individuals.
Who: Individuals can schedule an appointment with Novant Health regardless of where they received the Pfizer vaccine series if they meet the below eligibility criteria as outlined by the FDA:
When: The booster dose is authorized for administration to eligible individuals at least six months following completion of their primary Pfizer-BioNTech series and may be given at any point after that time. Eligible individuals can schedule their appointment beginning Monday, Sept. 27.
Where: The following locations will accept eligible individuals by appointment only:
How to schedule: While walk-ins are accepted for first and second doses at most permanent vaccination sites, we require individuals seeking a third dose of vaccine to make an appointment at all locations. Note, you do not have to be a Novant Health patient to schedule an appointment. Ways to schedule include:
What to bring to your appointment. Do you need to bring your proof of vaccination card?
Yes, please bring your vaccine card. Physical cards and photos of cards will be accepted. If you have lost your vaccination card, and you did not receive your previous doses with Novant Health, you should contact the site where you obtained your vaccine series to confirm the product you received and dates. If you have lost your vaccination card, and you did receive your previous doses with Novant Health, we will be able to access your records and issue a replacement card.
How will we verify an individual’s eligibility? Is identification required?
Individuals self-identify and attest to their eligibility status. Individuals will not be asked for any identification or proof of residency. Insurance is not required, however patients are asked for insurance information if they have it for filing of the administration of the vaccine purposes only.
Can you get the booster dose at the same time as your flu shot?
Yes. You can receive COVID-19 vaccines the same day as other vaccines. You can also receive COVID-19 vaccines if you have received another vaccine within two weeks.
What if I received Johnson & Johnson or Moderna?
If you did not receive the Pfizer vaccine or complete that series, we ask that you do not schedule an appointment at this time. There is not enough data currently to support getting a Pfizer booster if someone has previously received a Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine. These individuals will likely need a booster dose as well, and more data is expected in the coming weeks.
Should I receive Pfizer-BioNTech or Comirnaty?
The FDA-authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the same formulation as the FDA approved Comirnaty, and the vaccines may be used interchangeably.
Is the booster the same product as the first two doses?
Yes. It’s the same product that people were given before.
Is the booster dosefree?
Yes. All COVID-19 vaccines are free for every individual, including those who do not have insurance.
For more FAQs, please visit: GetVaccinated.org.