Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – When COVID-19 vaccines began to roll out, the Pfizer vaccine recommended two shots. One initial shot, followed by another shot two weeks later.
But now, the pharmaceutical industry company is recommending you get a third – and Central New Yorkers have the opportunity to get it.
Kinney Drugs held a vaccine booster clinic at the OnCenter in Downtown Syracuse on Wednesday and Thursday. People who are 65 and older, have an underlying health condition or have a job at high-risk are eligible for the booster shot. Plus, the booster shot is only available to those who received the Pfizer vaccine.
“It was efficient. [It] didn’t hurt at all.” Langan said. “I had to wait 15 minutes afterwards, and hopefully I’ll be good to go.”
Someone that also got her third shot was Gloria Dykes, who thought it was the right thing to get the booster shot. Dykes is 75 years old, a cancer survivor and has 23 grandchildren. She says she has full faith in the booster shot.
“I am very confident in the booster,” Dykes said. “I am very relieved. Anything to help myself, and my health and protect others, I am willing to do.”
But what about those who are ineligible? One of those people is Collin Cacchione. Cacchione is someone that received his first two Pfizer doses earlier in the year. He says the reason he will get the booster, when he is eligible, is one word: family.
“I’ve got loved ones at home; nieces and nephews,” Cacchione said. “They’re the main reason why I got it initially, and they’ll probably be the main reason why I got the booster shot.”
Whether your time is now or if it is on the rise, whether you are too young or received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, there are two starting points. You can register online at either ongov.net or secure.kinneydrugs.com.