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Posted on: January 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Vaccination is currently open to individuals in Phases 1A and 1B. Eligible individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to get vaccinated:

  • People 65 and older can to reach out to their healthcare provider or pharmacist to get vaccinated. Please be patient as their office may still be awaiting their first shipment of vaccine from NYS.
  • All eligible individuals can also get vaccinated by registering for a clinic through one of the link’s below. 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. You can also register for a NYS-run clinic by visiting

Schuyler County Public Health (SCPH) and Schuyler Hospital will be partnering to organize and staff COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the community as vaccine doses are received from New York State. Eligibility will continue to expand as more vaccine becomes available and SCPH will continue to provide updates here as new phases begin and further clinics are scheduled.

“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,” shared Schuyler County Public Health Director Deborah Minor. “Our supply of vaccine is currently limited, so clinics are filling up quickly. We will open registration for more clinics as we receive doses of vaccine from the State.”

“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 for updates and for information on how to register for a clinic.”

The following dates and times have been set for the Schuyler County Vaccination Clinics for Phase 1A and 1B. Registration is required.

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

We are planning to hold clinics every week, but it is contingent on how many doses of vaccine we receive from New York State. We are set up to hold two clinics next week at the Watkins Glen Community Center – one on Thursday and one of Friday – but we cannot open registration until we know how much vaccine we will receive. Please stay tuned to our website and social media.

  • Thursday, January 21st, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Watkins Glen Community Center - Registration not yet available
  • Friday, January 22nd, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Watkins Glen Community Center - Registration not yet available 

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.

“In Schuyler County we are extremely fortunate to have a strong partner in Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center. This collaborative effort positions us to quickly and efficiently administer the vaccine once we receive our allocation. In that demand is far greater than the supply we are receiving from NYS, I ask that you be patient. Rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to meet the health needs of our community” 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 agreed.

“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.”

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 65 and older
  • First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agencies
    • Fire Service
      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Police and Investigators
      • 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 or other Public Authority Police Departments
      • State Field Investigators, 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 Providers
    • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
  • 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 employees
    • Public bus employees
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same 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

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • 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.
  • Why aren’t there more appointment slots?
    • The number of appointment slots is based on how many doses of vaccine we have received from New York State. While we are requesting additional vaccine every week, we do not know how many vaccine doses we will end up receiving as there is a limited supply and every county in the State is also requesting vaccine.
  • How will I find out when registration for more clinics becomes available?
    • Each time we receive a shipment of vaccine from the State, we will open registration for additional clinics. We will announce registration through our website and social media.
  • How can people without internet access get registered for a clinic?
    • People without internet access should reach out to our office by phone.
    • Older individuals can also reach out to the Office for the Aging for assistance in getting registered for an appointment.
  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?
    • Make sure you wear clothing that will allow vaccinators access to your shoulder.
    • Bring your health insurance card and an ID.
    • Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment
      • This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.
      • If you are eligible due to age, you should bring a form of ID (like a Driver's License or passport) that includes your date of birth.
  • What are some other ways I can get vaccinated?
    • People 65 and older can get vaccinated by their healthcare provider or pharmacist. Currently, pharmacists and healthcare providers are only allowed to vaccinate people 65 and older.
    • People over the age of 75 who receive care through the VA can get vaccinated there. Please wait for the VA to reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
    • Register for a NYS sponsored clinic by visiting
  • How will I know when vaccine eligibility is expanded?
    • You can stay tuned to local news, NYS’s website, or our website or social media.
  • Do I have to pay to get the vaccine?
    • No – there is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine.
  • How soon after getting vaccinated am I protected from COVID-19?
    • The COVID-19 vaccine, like all vaccines, does not instantly provide protection. It takes time for your immune system to respond to the vaccine and develop disease-fighting antibodies. The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the US require two doses, about a month apart, for you to be protected from COVID-19.
  • Can you tell me more about the vaccines that are currently available in the US?
    • Moderna
      • Second dose is required 28 days after your first dose.
      • 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting from 14 days after the second dose.
    • Pfizer
      • Second dose is required 21 days after your first dose.
      • 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting from 7 days after the second dose.
  • What should I expect after I get vaccinated?
    • You will need to wait for 15 minutes after you get your vaccine.
    • Like with all vaccines and other medications, there is a chance you might experience some symptoms after you get it. There is a possibility that you might feel some fatigue or some pain or muscle soreness at the injection site – you could even have a fever. These are signs that the vaccine is working, and your immune system is responding to the vaccine and learning how to fight off the virus. Mild pain relievers should help you feel better. If you don’t feel better within two or three days, you should follow-up with your doctor.

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