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Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Vaccination is currently open to individuals in Phases 1A and 1B. Eligible individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to get vaccinated. Registration is required to receive a vaccine.

Please be patient as vaccine supply is currently limited. Some locations may not have received their first shipment of vaccine yet or they may have already used all the doses they received. Vaccination locations will add available appointments as more vaccine becomes available. Individuals should only register if they meet the current eligibility criteria. Find out if you are eligible by viewing the table in the FAQ’s below or by visiting https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine..

We are planning to hold clinics every week, but it is contingent on how many doses of vaccine we receive from New York State. The amount we receive from the State is determined based on how much vaccine the State receives from the federal government. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates and information about when registration for clinics opens.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to have an appointment to get vaccinated?

Yes – registration is required to receive the vaccine. If someone shows up without an appointment, they will not be vaccinated.

Why aren’t there more appointment slots?

The number of appointment slots is based on how many doses of vaccine we have received from New York State. While we are requesting additional vaccine every week, we do not know how many vaccine doses we will end up receiving as there is a limited supply and every county in the State is also requesting vaccine.

How will I find out when registration for more clinics becomes available?

Each time we receive a shipment of vaccine from the State, we will open registration for additional clinics. We will announce registration through our website and social media.

How can people without internet access get registered for a clinic?

  • Schuyler County residents who are 60 or older and do not have internet access should reach out to the Schuyler County Office for the Aging for assistance by calling 607- 535-7108.
  • Those who are 59 and younger who do not have internet access should call 211 for assistance.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please make sure you wear clothing that will allow vaccinators access to your shoulder. You should also bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Bring your health insurance card and an ID.
  • Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment
    1. If you are eligible based on employment, proof could include:
      • An employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.
      • Proof of employment in New York State is required.
    2. If you are eligible due to age, proof could include:
      • A form of ID (like a Driver's License or passport) that includes your date of birth.
      • Proof of residence in New York State is required.

Please note: you will need to wait for 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination site after you get your vaccine.

Do I have to pay to get the vaccine?

No – there is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine.

Who is currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in NYS?

View this table or visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine to find out who is currently eligible. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated. Please note: NYS may update the phases and who is included in each at any time.

PhaseEligible Individuals
1A
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff 
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
1B
  • Individuals Age 65 and older
  • First Responder and Support Staff for First Responder Agencies
    • Fire Service
      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Police and Investigators
      • State Police, including Troopers
      • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
      • SUNY Police
      • Sheriffs' Offices
      • County Police Departments and Police Districts
      • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
      • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
      • State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority
    • Public Safety Communications
      • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
    • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
      • Court Officers
      • Other Police or Peace Officers
      • Support or Civilian Staff for Any of the above services, agencies, or facilities
  • Corrections
    • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
    • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
    • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
    • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • In-person college instructors
  • P-12 Schools
    • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
    • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
  • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public Transit
    • Airline and airport employees
    • Passenger railroad employees
    • Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
    • Ferry employees
    • Port Authority employees
    • Public bus employees
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same household
  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents


How will I know when vaccine eligibility is expanded?

You can stay tuned to local news, NYS’s website, or our website or social media to find out when vaccine eligibility is expanded. 

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

No – appointments are not transferrable. If you cannot make your appointment time, you should cancel and re-register sometime in the future.

Who is organizing and staffing the Schuyler County Vaccination Clinics?

Schuyler County Public Health (SCPH) and Schuyler Hospital are partnering to organize and staff COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the community as vaccine doses are received from New York State.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Getting the vaccine will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner.

How soon after getting vaccinated am I protected from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 vaccine, like all vaccines, does not instantly provide protection. It takes time for your immune system to respond to the vaccine and develop disease-fighting antibodies. The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the US require two doses, about a month apart, for you to be protected from COVID-19.

Can you tell me more about the vaccines that are currently available in the US?

There are currently two vaccines available in the US:

  • For the Moderna vaccine, a second dose is required 28 days after your first dose. The Moderna vaccine has been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting from 14 days after the second dose.
  • For the Pfizer vaccine, a second dose is required 21 days after your first dose. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting from 7 days after the second dose.

The Public Health and Medical communities are confident that these vaccines are safe and effective. While the process to develop these vaccines may seem fast, they were built on years of thorough research and work addressing other types of coronaviruses. All the typical steps and safety measures were followed during its development and every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and safety boards of medical experts. The speed of development was due to the sharing of research and massive collaboration on a scale never attempted before.

After I get my COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash my hands? If I’m exposed to someone with COVID-19, will I still need to quarantine?

Yes – for now you will need to continue to wear a mask and social distance – even after you get your second dose. Medical experts are still looking at the data before deciding to change recommendations related to masks, social distancing, and quarantining if you are exposed.

Medical researchers know that after two doses of the vaccine, the vaccinated person is protected from getting sick with COVID-19. They are still figuring out whether it stops someone from being able to spread it to others if they get COVID-19 and don’t have any symptoms. How many people end up getting vaccinated will also impact when and how the recommendations are changed.

In terms of following good hand hygiene, it’s always important to wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and at other key times. Good hand hygiene helps stop the spread of all sorts of illnesses.

What should I expect after I get vaccinated?

Like with all vaccines and other medications, there is a chance you might experience some symptoms after you get it. There is a possibility that you might feel some fatigue or some pain or muscle soreness at the injection site – you could even have a fever. These are signs that the vaccine is working, and your immune system is responding to the vaccine and learning how to fight off the virus. Mild pain relievers should help you feel better. If you don’t feel better within two or three days, you should follow-up with your doctor.

How will I get my second dose of vaccine?

People will be expected to get their second dose of vaccine through the same vaccinator that provided their first dose. You will receive information on how to schedule your second dose at your appointment for your first dose.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination?

You can visit the following websites for more information:


Updated 1/20/2021

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