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Posted on: January 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 09/17/21

COVID-19 vaccine for people under 18

All individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, people under 18 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Third doses and Boosters for Moderna and Pfizer

People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can get their third dose of Pfizer or Moderna once they are 28 days out from their second dose. Booster doses will start being offered in late September for people who had their second dose in January; October for people who got their second dose in February; and so on. Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates including clinic dates/times.

Third dosesBooster doses
  • Who: People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
  • Why: People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not have mounted as strong of an immune response to the first two doses as other people. This dose will help strengthen their immunity.
  • When: 28 days after getting a second dose - available now.
  • Who: Anyone who completed their vaccine series.
  • Why:  Gives your immune system a reminder so it can continue to provide protection from COVID-19. This dose will help provide longevity and durability to your immunity and help keep you safe as cases rise.
  • When: 8 months after completing the vaccine series - available starting in late September.

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers and Clinics

Local Health Department Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome at our COVID vaccine clinics and the vaccine is provided at no cost to you. We offer the following vaccine choices at our clinics:
  • Pfizer
    • Anyone 12+ years old
    • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses available: 3rd doses will be available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals
  • Johnson & Johnson
    • Anyone 18+ years old
  • Moderna
    • Anyone 18+ years old
    • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses available: 3rd doses will be available for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals
We will be holding clinics every Thursday and Friday in the coming weeks. Upcoming clinic dates and times are:

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, even if you do not have insurance.
  • Please remember to complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form prior to your appointment. The form can be found at

COVID-19 Vaccination for Home-bound Individuals

Are you or a loved one homebound and in need of COVID-19 vaccination? Call us at 607-535-8140. We can schedule eligible individuals for an in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointment with our public health nurses. The one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be provided. The vaccine is provided at no cost to you.

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 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 and you can get it even if you don't have insurance. While some locations charge 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, reach out to the location's billing department 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.

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) if they are in an area with low or moderate levels of community transmission. 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:

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 August 2021, more than 200 million Americans have been 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:

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.
  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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