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Posted on: January 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 02/02/21

Vaccination is currently open to individuals in Phases 1A and 1B. Please be patient as vaccine supply is currently limited. Some locations may not have received their first shipment of vaccine yet or they may have already used all the doses they received. Vaccination locations will add available appointments as they receive more vaccine. Individuals should only register if they meet the current eligibility criteria. Find out if you are eligible by visiting Registration is required to receive a vaccine.

Please note the Governor’s Office and NYSDOH have directed:

  • Local Health Departments to prioritize vaccinating essential workers whom are eligible in 1B (fire, police, public safety, teachers, public-facing grocery store, daycare providers, etc.).
  • Pharmacies to prioritize vaccinating those who are 65 years of age or older. This will likely expand to doctor's offices as vaccine supply increases.
  • Hospitals to prioritize vaccinating healthcare workers.

We know that everyone is anxious to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but vaccine supply is currently very limited everywhere. We all look forward to vaccine supply increasing in the next few months so we can all get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from this virus and help things return to normal.

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers and Clinics

Local Health Departments have been directed to prioritize vaccinating 1B-eligible essential workers.

We are planning to hold clinics every week, but it is contingent on how many doses of vaccine we receive from New York State. The amount we receive from the State is determined based on how much vaccine the State receives from the federal government. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates and information about when registration for clinics opens.

Pharmacies are only able to vaccinate people 65 years and older currently.

Please check their websites for information about vaccine availability and when and how to make an appointment.

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.

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)

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?

  • Schuyler County residents who are 60 or older and do not have internet access should reach out to the Schuyler County Office for the Aging for assistance by calling 607- 535-7108.
  • We are hoping family members and friends will also help those without internet access as well.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please make sure you wear clothing that will allow vaccinators access to your shoulder. You should also bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Bring your health insurance card and an ID.
  • Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment
    1. If you are eligible based on employment, proof could include:
      • An employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.
      • Proof of employment in New York State is required.
    2. If you are eligible due to age, proof could include:
      • A form of ID (like a Driver's License or passport) that includes your date of birth.
      • Proof of residence in New York State is required.

Please note: you will need to wait for 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination site after you get your vaccine.

Do I have to pay to get the vaccine?

No – there is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine.

Who is currently eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in NYS?

To find out who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated. Please note: NYS may update the phases and who is included in each at any time.

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 to find out when vaccine eligibility is expanded. 

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

No – appointments are not transferrable. If you cannot make your appointment time, you should cancel and re-register sometime in the future.

Who is organizing and staffing the Schuyler County Vaccination Clinics?

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.

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.

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?

There are currently two vaccines available in the US:

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.

After I get my COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash my hands? If I’m exposed to someone with COVID-19, will I still need to quarantine?

Yes – for now you will need to continue to wear a mask and social distance – even after you get your second dose. Medical experts are still looking at the data before deciding to change recommendations related to masks, social distancing, and quarantining if you are exposed.

Medical researchers know that after two doses of the vaccine, the vaccinated person is protected from getting sick with COVID-19. They are still figuring out whether it stops someone from being able to spread it to others if they get COVID-19 and don’t have any symptoms. How many people end up getting vaccinated will also impact when and how the recommendations are changed.

In terms of following good hand hygiene, it’s always important to wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and at other key times. Good hand hygiene helps stop the spread of all sorts of illnesses.

What should I expect after I get vaccinated?

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.

How will I get my second dose of vaccine?

People will be expected to get their second dose of vaccine through the same vaccinator that provided their first dose. You will receive information on how to schedule your second dose at your appointment for your first dose.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination?

You can visit the following websites for more information:

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