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Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine Update: US health authorities recommended pausing the use of the J & J vaccine after 6 women under 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot (for context, almost 7 million doses have been administered in the US so far). While medical experts look into this potential rare side effect and figure out if it was caused by the vaccine or not, we will only be offering Moderna vaccine at our clinics locally for the time being. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have any questions or concerns, please call your healthcare provider or our office. Learn more about the pause at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html
COVID-19 Vaccine Information as of 04/16/21
Getting vaccinated as soon as you can will help keep you, your family, and our community safe and help us all return to normal sooner. As of April 6, 2021, all individuals 16 and older who live, work, or study in New York State are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
If the clinic is full when you try to register, you can sign up for our standby list. The standby list is not a wait list and does not guarantee you an appointment. If someone does not show up for their appointment, or they were not eligible to receive the vaccine, we will call an individual from the standby list to fill their appointment. Individuals on the standby list are expected to be able to arrive to the clinic site in a timely manner to fill the appointment. People on the standby list should still try to find a vaccine appointment. To request being added to the standby list, please fill out the form by clicking here.
Please note: If you signed up to be added to the Standby List and are able to find an appointment through a pharmacy, provider's office, health department clinic, or other vaccination site, please fill out the Standby List Cancellation Form or contact us by phone or email to have your name removed from the standby list.
If you are a home-bound individual, please call Office for the Aging at 607-535-6827 for assistance getting signed up. Caregivers and loved ones can also call OFA on behalf of the person who is home-bound to help them sign up. Eligible home-bound individuals will receive a home visit from one of Schuyler County Public Health's nurses who will give them their COVID-19 Vaccine.
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.
All individuals 16 and older who live, work, or study in New York State are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine are not eligible to be vaccinated.
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.
Yes – registration is required to receive the vaccine. If someone shows up without an appointment, they will not be vaccinated.
We open registration for clinics each time we receive a shipment of vaccine doses. We will announce registration through our website and social media. Please note: we are only able to open appointments and hold clinics for vaccine doses we have received. The State determines our vaccine allocations including the type of vaccine, the number of doses, and who the shipment is designated for.
No – appointments are not transferrable. If you cannot make your appointment time, you should cancel and re-register sometime in the future.
No – there is no cost or co-pay for the vaccine. For our joint Schuyler County Public Health and Schuyler Hospital Vaccine Clinics, Schuyler Hospital charges 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, please reach out to Schuyler Hospital's billing department at (607) 535-8639 ext 2321 or ext 2356 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.
If the vaccine you get requires a second dose:
Please make sure you are available for your second dose appointment. If you received your first dose from us and aren't available that day, you will need to let us know and we will have to place you on a second dose standby list. We will try to get you in to a clinic for your second dose as soon as we can, but we cannot guarantee a specific date.
Fully vaccinated people can safely visit with each other or with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk of severe COVID-19 without masks and social distancing. For now, masks and social distancing are still needed in public places or when spending time around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of severe COVID-19. 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.
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 of 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: