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Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 06/23/21

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.

COVID-19 vaccine for people under 18

Has your child gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine? You can enter them for a chance to win a full-ride scholarship (tuition, fees, room-and-board, and expenses) to any SUNY/CUNY school. Visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/vaccination-scholarship-incentive. Does your child still need to get vaccinated? Look for a vaccination location offering Pfizer at: https://www.vaccines.gov/

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers and Clinics

Local Health Department Clinics

Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates and information about when registration for clinics opens. Walk-in appointments are available. While you will need to wait for 15 minutes after you get your vaccine, most people will be in-and-out of their appointment in less than 30 minutes. Wait times are typically nonexistent or very minimal as we have the clinics set up to address social distancing and move people through the clinic quickly and efficiently.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM at Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company  
    • The single-dose Janssen Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be provided at this clinic.
    • Adults 18 and older are currently eligible to get this vaccine.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Grist Iron Brewing Company
    • The single-dose Janssen Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be provided at this clinic.
    • Must be 21+ to attend.
    • Attendees will receive the one-time Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine along with a pint from Grist Iron - all at no cost!Grist Iron Vaccine Clinic
  • Wednesday, July 7, from 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM at Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor
    • The single-dose Janssen Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be provided at this clinic.
    • Adults 18 and older are currently eligible to get this vaccine.
    • Attendees will receive the one-time Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine along with a sundae from Great Escape - all at no cost!Great Escape Vaccine Clinic

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Bring a photo ID and proof of age.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 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.

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

  • They can attend a clinic that allows walk-ins.
  • People without internet access can try checking with family or friends for assistance.
  • If they are a Schuyler County resident who is 60 or older they can call Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108 for assistance.
  • They can 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.
  • They can call our office at 607-535-8140 for assistance signing up for a public health clinic.

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:

  • 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. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/index.html
  • 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. Learn more about the Pfizer vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/index.html.
  • For the Janssen vaccine, only one dose is needed. The Janssen vaccine has been shown to be about 67% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 infection starting 14 days after vaccination and 85% effective at preventing severe COVID-19 illness starting 28 days after vaccination. Learn more about the Janssen vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/janssen/index.html.

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 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.

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

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

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

If you are 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.

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.

Where can I learn more about the prior pause on the Janssen Johnson & Johnson (J &J) vaccine?

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

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 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.

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 gear icon next to the search box at the top of the page.
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Where can I learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination?

You can visit the following websites for more information:

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