Vaccines for COVID-19 help your body make the antibodies needed for your immune system to fight off the virus if you are exposed to it.
Currently there are three vaccines in use in the United States. The Pfizer vaccine has received full Food and Drug Administration approval. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for Emergency Authorization Use.
The approved vaccines have been shown in clinical trials to be more than 95% effective, and do provide protection against the delta variant.
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
All individuals ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Who should receive additional COVID-19 vaccine doses?
People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should receive an additional dose to ensure continued protection from the COVID-19 virus. For more information on eligibility, when and where to get a third dose, and what to bring to your appointment, click here.
In addition to the sites listed at the link, Cooper will be offering third doses for immunocompromised patients at several of our outpatient offices. We will update this page as soon as that information is available.
Who should receive a COVID-19 booster shot?
The FDA and CDC approved booster shots for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on September 24, 2021. The CDC recommendation is as follows for individuals who received their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago:
- Those 18 to 64 years of age who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational and institutional work setting, which includes health care workers “based on their individual benefits and risks,” may receive a booster shot.
- Those 65 years of age and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
- Those 50 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot.
- Those 18 to 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot “based on their individual benefits and risks.”
The booster shots are only for those who received the Pfizer vaccine. You do not need to receive a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The general public may make appointments for vaccination at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The Vaccination Center, located at the hospital's Kelemen Circle, at the corner of Haddon Avenue and Benson Street, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use your myCooper account to make your appointment. If you don't have a myCooper account, you can create one here.
Patients may also make appointments to receive the vaccine at more than 40 of our outpatient offices, including all Cooper Primary Care, Cooper Care Alliance, Cooper General Pediatrics, and Cooper Obstetrics and Gynecology offices. Patients of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and the Early Intervention Program are also able to receive the vaccine at those locations. Please use your myCooper account to make your appointment. If you don't have a myCooper account, you can create one here.
Camden City residents may make appointments at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in Camden’s Cramer Hill section. Please visit the Kroc Center Vaccination and Education Center page for instructions on making an appointment.
Cooper's also offers a mobile walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Cherry Hill Mall in October. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will all be available. No appointments are necessary. In addition to providing COVID-19 vaccinations, the medical team will be available to answer questions and concerns. The mobile clinic will be open at the mall in space 1776 (second floor, across from Forever 21 and Nordstrom’s) at the following dates and times:
- Friday, October 8 from 4 p.m.to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, October 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID vaccines are now widely available, and most pharmacies in the United States offer them. To find a New Jersey location that provides vaccinations, please visit the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder.
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