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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 05/17/21
Getting vaccinated as soon as you can will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner. All individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
While eligibility has expanded to people under 18, they are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this point. Our Department does not currently have Pfizer vaccine in stock. To find locations with Pfizer vaccine, check Vaccines.gov by clicking here to find local health departments, pharmacies, or other vaccine providers with Pfizer or look for a NYS-run site providing Pfizer by clicking here.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
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.
Please check their websites for information about vaccine availability and when and how to make an appointment.
Some offices and health systems are providing vaccinations.
Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call the NYS Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829 to register.
All individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note: While eligibility has expanded to people under 18, they are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this point. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated.
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.
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.
Getting the vaccine will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner.
Yes - the currently available vaccines have been shown to be very effective at preventing sickness with 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.
If the vaccine you get requires a second dose, you should receive information about your second dose appointment at your first dose appointment. If you received your first dose from us and aren't available the date of your second dose appointment, please let us know so we can place you on a second dose standby list. We will try to get you into a clinic for your second dose as soon as we can, but we cannot guarantee a specific date. You can also try checking with other vaccine providers in the area to get your second dose.
Most people can safely resume activities without wearing masks or social distancing once they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completing their vaccine series). For now, masks and social distancing are still needed in certain places, such as healthcare settings, Pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes even if someone is fully vaccinated. People with certain health conditions or who are taking medications that weaken their immune system should check with their doctor before they stop wearing masks and social distancing. Recommendations related to masks and social distancing will continue to be updated as medical experts examine the data. How many people end up getting vaccinated will also impact when and how the recommendations are changed. For the most current guidance for fully vaccinated people, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine as long as:
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.
As of May 2021, more than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated and medical experts continue to watch closely for any potential safety concerns. There is safety data going all the way back to when the vaccines where in clinical trials and medical experts are confident that the vaccines are safe and effective. If you have other questions or hesitations, or want tips for talking to friends or family about getting vaccinated, check out this article from Johns Hopkins University: https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/articles/how-can-i-talk-to-my-friends-and-family-about-getting-vaccinated-for-covid19.html.
CDC and FDA recommended the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine resume after a brief pause. US health authorities recommended pausing the use of the J & J vaccine after a small number of women under 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot (for context, millions of doses have been administered in the US so far). If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have any questions or concerns, please call your healthcare provider or our office. Learn more about the pause at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html
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 off 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.
Yes - you can sign up to receive text or email notifications about updates from Public Health and other county departments.
You can visit the following websites for more information: