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Posted on: January 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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NYS is currently in Phase 1A and 1B of their vaccine administration plan. Healthcare workers and other eligible individuals in Phase 1A and 1B (detailed below) can get vaccinated by reaching out to their healthcare provider or pharmacy or by registering for a clinic through one of the links below. These clinics are organized and staffed through a partnership between Schuyler County Public Health and Schuyler Hospital. Please note: individuals 75 and older are encouraged to reach out to their healthcare provider or pharmacy to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Please be patient as their office may still be awaiting their first shipment of vaccine from NYS.

Eligibility will continue to expand as more vaccine becomes available and we will continue to provide updates through our website and social media as new phases begin and further clinics are scheduled. All individuals currently eligible are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Vaccination is currently underway for individuals in Phase 1A and 1B and we are prepared to start rolling out this vaccine to further community members as the state announces the start of future phases and we receive additional doses of vaccine from the state,” shared Schuyler County Public Health Director Deborah Minor. “Please register and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible – getting the vaccine will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner.”

“In Schuyler County we are extremely fortunate to have a strong partner in Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center. This collaborative effort will help to ensure an efficient and effective distribution of this life-saving vaccine” stated Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn.

“Schuyler Hospital is honored to work alongside Schuyler County and Schuyler County Public Health to ensure our community receives COVID-19 Vaccinations as soon as possible. We see this partnership as our proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and are excited to be a part of the solution,” Rebecca Gould, Schuyler Hospital President said.

“I understand people have concerns that they may miss their vaccine or that they need to get their name on a wait list – please rest assured that we will do everything we can to make sure you know when and where the vaccine will be available to you,” reassured Director Minor. “Please be patient and stay tuned to the local news and our website and social media for updates.”

“The Public Health and Medical communities are confident that this vaccine is safe and effective,” shared Director Minor. “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 of 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.”

Individuals should only register if they meet the current eligibility criteria. Find out if you are eligible by viewing the table below or by clicking here. There are a limited number of appointment slots available, and they may fill up quickly. We encourage people who are eligible to register - if slots fill up, more will be opened in coming weeks to continue distribution to eligible populations.

The following dates and times have been set for the Schuyler County Vaccination Clinics for Phase 1A and 1B:

  • Wednesday, January 13th, 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM at the Odessa-Montour High School Gym 
  • Friday, January 15th, 10:00 AM to 01:15 PM at the Watkins Glen Elementary School Cafeteria (enter from Field House loop)

Please expect to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated. There is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine.

Please make sure you bring the required documentation to your appointment. Bring photo ID and proof that you are Phase 1A, 1B eligible for vaccination. Proof could be an employee ID card, a letter from your employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. If you have health insurance, you may be asked for that information, but it is not required. Please wear clothing that will allow vaccinators access to your shoulder.

PhaseEligible Individuals
  • 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
  • Individuals Age 75 and older
  • First Responder and Support Staff for First Responder Agency
    • Fire Service
      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Police and Investigations
      • 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 Investigations, 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 of 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
  • 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
    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
  • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
  • Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers
  • 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 employee
    • Public bus employee
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your 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
  • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • In-person college instructors
1CAdults with high-risk medical conditions
2Remainder of Phase 1 populations and other critical populations
3General population

*Please note - NYSDOH may update the Phases and who is included in each at any time.

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