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Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 04/12/21

Please be patient as vaccine supply is currently limited but increasing. We know that everyone is anxious to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but vaccine supply is currently limited. We all look forward to vaccine supply increasing in the next few months so we can all get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from this virus and help things return to normal.

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers and Clinics

Local Health Department Clinics

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

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Bring your driver’s license or other valid ID.
  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt if possible, or something with easy access to the upper arm.
  • Wear a face mask/covering that covers your nose and mouth.
  • If you require an Epi Pen for ANY allergy, please bring it with you.
  • Bring your health insurance card, if available. Please note - the vaccine is provided at no cost to you.
  • Proof of residence, employment, or study in New York State is required.
  • Please remember to complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form prior to your appointment. The form can be found at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine.

Vaccine Clinic Standby List Sign Up

If the clinic is full when you try to register, you can sign up for our standby list. The standby list is not a wait list and does not guarantee you an appointment. If someone does not show up for their appointment, or they were not eligible to receive the vaccine, we will call an individual from the standby list to fill their appointment. Individuals on the standby list are expected to be able to arrive to the clinic site in a timely manner to fill the appointment. People on the standby list should still try to find a vaccine appointment. To request being added to the standby list, please fill out the form by clicking here.

Please note: If you signed up to be added to the Standby List and are able to find an appointment through a pharmacy, provider's office, health department clinic, or other vaccination site, please fill out the Standby List Cancellation Form or contact us by phone or email to have your name removed from the standby list.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Home-bound Individuals

If you are a home-bound individual, please call Office for the Aging at 607-535-6827 for assistance getting signed up. Caregivers and loved ones can also call OFA on behalf of the person who is home-bound to help them sign up. Eligible home-bound individuals will receive a home visit from one of Schuyler County Public Health's nurses who will give them their COVID-19 Vaccine.


Pharmacy vaccinations

Please check their websites for information about vaccine availability and when and how to make an appointment.

Eligible individuals can check with their primary care provider's office.

Some offices and health systems are providing vaccinations.

All eligible individuals can register to attend a NYS-run vaccination clinic. 

Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call the NYS Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829 to register.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I find out if I am eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in NYS?

All individuals 16 and older who live, work, or study in New York State are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated.

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.

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.

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

We open registration for clinics each time we receive a shipment of vaccine doses. We will announce registration through our website and social media. Please note: we are only able to open appointments and hold clinics for vaccine doses we have received. The State determines our vaccine allocations including the type of vaccine, the number of doses, and who the shipment is designated for.

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

  • If you are currently eligible to get vaccinated and do not have internet access, please try checking with family or friends for assistance.
  • If you are currently eligible to get the vaccine, are a Schuyler County resident, are over the age of 60, AND do not have internet access, you can call Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108 for assistance in getting added to a pharmacy wait list or signed up for a public health clinic.
  • You could also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) to make an appointment to attend a State-run vaccine site.

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.

Do I have to pay to get the vaccine?

No – there is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine. For our joint Schuyler County Public Health and Schuyler Hospital Vaccine Clinics, Schuyler Hospital charges an administration fee to people's insurance. Anything that's not covered by insurance should not be charged to the patient. If you end up receiving a bill, please reach out to Schuyler Hospital's billing department at (607) 535-8639 ext 2321 or ext 2356 to get it corrected.

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.

Will getting vaccinated help keep me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes - the currently available vaccines have been shown to be very effective at preventing sickness with COVID-19:

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

The COVID-19 vaccines, like all vaccines, do not instantly provide protection. It takes time for your immune system to respond to the vaccine and develop disease-fighting antibodies. People are considered "fully vaccinated" - or protected from the disease - about 2 weeks after they complete the vaccine series.

  • For multi-dose vaccines, this would be two weeks after your final dose.
  • For single-dose vaccines, this would be two weeks after your vaccine.

If I need a second dose of vaccine, how will I get it?

If the vaccine you get requires a second dose:

  • You will be expected to get it through the same vaccine provider as your first dose.
  • You will receive information about your second dose appointment at your appointment for your first dose.

Please make sure you are available for your second dose appointment. If you received your first dose from us and aren't available that day, you will need to let us know and we will have to place you on a second dose standby list. We will try to get you in to a clinic for your second dose as soon as we can, but we cannot guarantee a specific date.

After I get my COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?

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 and social distancing. How many people end up getting vaccinated will also impact when and how the recommendations are changed. For CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.

Will I still need to quarantine if I'm exposed to someone with COVID-19 after I am fully vaccinated?

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine as long as:

  • It's been at least two weeks since you completed your vaccine series AND
  • You are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

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.

What should I expect after I get vaccinated?

While some people feel completely normal after getting the vaccine, others may experience some symptoms. You may feel muscle soreness on the arm where you got the shot – you could even have a fever, headache, or feel tired afterward. These are signs that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and learning how to fight off the virus. Don't worry if you don't experience these symptoms though - the vaccine is still working and your body is still learning how to fight of the virus. If you do have any symptoms, mild pain relievers can help you feel better. If you are having any pain or discomfort where you got the shot, you could also apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth to the area to help you feel better. If you don’t feel better within two or three days, you should follow-up with your doctor.

Can I sign up to receive notifications when this page is updated?

Yes - you can sign up to receive text or email notifications about updates from Public Health and other county departments.

  1. Click on the gearSite Tools icon next to the search box at the top of the page.
  2. Click on Notifications in the dropdown menu.
  3. Follow the directions on the page to subscribe to receive text and/or email updates from different county departments.
    • To get notifications about updates to this page, make sure you have signed up for Public Health under the "News Flash" section.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination?

You can visit the following websites for more information:

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