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COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 11/23/21
All individuals 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, people under 18 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
There are now booster recommendations for all three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. Booster doses can help give your immune system a reminder so it can continue to provide protection from COVID-19. Booster doses will help provide longevity and durability to your immunity.
New Yorkers who are 18 years and older and received their Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna initial vaccine series at least six months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for their booster dose. CDC and NYSDOH encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get their booster dose, especially those over the age of 50 and others with underlying conditions.
Learn more at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/booster-doses or https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
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.
Please check their websites for information about vaccine availability and when and how to make an appointment.
Some offices and health systems are providing vaccinations.
Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call the NYS Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829 to register. Ten of New York's mass vaccination sites are now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible 5- to 11- year-olds. Parents and guardians can make appointments at a state-run vaccine site for their child at ny.gov/vaccine.
All individuals 5 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.
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.
Getting the vaccine will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner.
Yes - the currently available vaccines have been shown to be very effective at preventing sickness with 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.
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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine as long as:
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: https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/articles/how-can-i-talk-to-my-friends-and-family-about-getting-vaccinated-for-covid19.html.
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.
Yes - you can sign up to receive text or email notifications about updates from Public Health and other county departments.
You can visit the following websites for more information: