COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID Testing Update: AdvantageCare Physicians is offering COVID testing to established patients only, by appointment, following a telehealth or office visit to assess the need for COVID testing. AdvantageCare Physicians does not offer travel-related testing or testing to return to work.

You may purchase at-home rapid tests at many retail locations or pharmacies*. Or, visit the federal government website to order free tests.
*Consult your health plan about reimbursement.

Testing for COVID-19 is also widely available throughout New York State. Please call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.

If you’re not immunized, you’re not fully protected against COVID-19. To find locations near you offering COVID-19 vaccinations, visit the NY State or NYC websites, or consult the CDC’s comprehensive vaccine finder.

If you are vaccinated, it may be time for your booster. Read below for guidance on how to stay safe and healthy before and after you’ve been vaccinated. 

To see the most recent updates on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, visit the CDC website.

We encourage all eligible patients to be immunized at their earliest opportunity. To find locations near you offering COVID-19 vaccinations, visit the NY State or NYC websites, or consult the CDC’s comprehensive vaccine finder.

To check your eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, visit the New York State website.

Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available by appointment at AdvantageCare Physicians. If your original vaccine doses were Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson (and not Moderna), CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of the three vaccine types for boosters. If you meet one of the following criteria, you are currently eligible to receive the booster:

  • Over the age of 18 and received your second Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose no less than 6 months ago
  • Over the age of 18 and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine no less than 2 months ago

If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 booster vaccine appointment at AdvantageCare Physicians, click here.

If you would like to receive a booster sooner or are looking for your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to find an appointment using the NYC Vaccine Finder, NY State-operated vaccine site, or CDC Vaccine Finder

To achieve full protection against COVID-19, you must receive all required vaccine doses and wait the necessary amount of time for the vaccine to take effect. After you’re immunized, it’s important to continue following current New York State guidelines and CDC news around masks and social distancing.

The best ways to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19 are to:

  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household.
  • Monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

New York State has created Excelsior Pass as its official form of proof that you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. You can sign up for Excelsior Pass to present where accepted as proof of vaccination, such as public spaces, sporting events, concerts, and more.

You can obtain your Excelsior Pass by signing up online or downloading the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. If you do, be sure to provide your name exactly as it appears in your patient record. The pass can be printed out or displayed on your smartphone and is available in multiple languages.

Learn more about the Excelsior Pass on the New York State website.

You can find trusted information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including safety, doses, and more, on the CDC’s webpage. You can also stay up to date by visiting the websites of the City of New York and New York State.

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