COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus

Clinic Info:
Parking Map for March 9 Clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for residents age 65 and older AND eligible individuals with allowable comorbidities.
For a list of eligible comorbidities and underlying conditions visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine#phase-1a---phase-1b

Read ALL of the information below to successfully register for a vaccine. If you are not properly registered, you will not receive a vaccine at this clinic.

If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days or if you are currently under quarantine as a contact, do not register for this clinic.

Only register for one appointment per person. Do not register on both days.
Show up at your appointment time. If you show up early, you will be asked to wait in your car. The clinic location and parking lot cannot accommodate participants coming early. Showing up early will not get you in for your vaccine earlier than your appointment.

YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNTIL AND UNLESS YOU CLICK “DONE” ON THE LAST PAGE. It may say that your appointment has been confirmed, but until you click DONE, the appointment is not registered in the system.

If you successfully register, you should receive an email with your appointment time and date. Print this emailed confirmation and bring it with you to the clinic for the easiest process at the site.
Step 2: After registering for your appointment, complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. Print and bring this confirmation page with you to the clinic.
Step 3: Proof of eligibility is required at the vaccine site. If you have an appointment, but no proof of eligibility you may not receive a vaccine. All must bring ID. The ID with date of birth serves as proof of eligibility for those age 65 and older.
For those with comorbidities or underlying health conditions, you must print, sign, and bring a doctor’s note stating you are eligible or the attestation form below:
Comorbidities attestation form

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information updated 2/11/21

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COVID vaccines are currently available for individuals in Phases 1A and1B.

Vaccine supply is currently extremely limited; we appreciate your patience.

Appointments for vaccinations will become available as vaccine is received. Only those who are currently eligible can register for an appointment. Check your eligibility by visiting https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or by viewing the list specified in Phases 1A and 1B. 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 employees, daycare providers, restaurant workers, 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.
  • Starting February 15, individuals with noted comorbidities or underlying health conditions are eligible for vaccination. Vaccines will likely be sent to hospitals and healthcare provider offices to vaccinate patients who meet the criteria as seen here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

Vaccine supply is currently very limited across New York State. We look forward to vaccine supply increasing over the next few months in order for all to get vaccinated and offer protection for ourselves, our families, and our community from COVID-19.

Steuben County Public Health Vaccination Clinics

Public Health plans to hold clinics each week, dependent on how much vaccine is received from New York State. The shipments have been very limited. Clinics are scheduled and registration links are shared directly with the eligible organizations in phase 1B. As more vaccine is received and clinics are able to be opened to the eligible public, we will share information on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) and website.

Registered participants at Public Health clinics:

  • Print and bring registration confirmation
  • Print and bring the completed NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form
  • Bring proof of eligibility. For example, a letter from your employer, an ID badge, a pay stub showing proof of employment

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

Please check pharmacy websites or call pharmacies for information about vaccine availability and how to make an appointment.

The VA is currently vaccinating veterans over the age of 75.

Please wait for the VA to reach out to schedule your appointment.

All eligible individuals can register to attend a NYS-run vaccination clinic.

Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call the NYS Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to register for an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • A. Yes, registration is required to receive the vaccine. If someone shows up to a clinic without an appointment, they will not be vaccinated.

  • A. The number of appointments is based on the number of doses of vaccine received from New York State. We request a much larger number of doses than we have been receiving, and we only find out the week of the shipment how much is coming.

  • A. Registration for clinics through Public Health is shared directly with the eligible organizations to share with their eligible employees. When clinics are open to the general eligible public, the registration information will be shared on Public Health’s social media pages and website.

  • A. Hopefully, technologically-savvy friends and family members can help those who do not have internet or are unable to use the registration sites. Steuben County residents who are age 60 or older can reach out to the Steuben County Office for the Aging for assistance by calling 607-664-2298.

  • A. Wear clothing that allows easy access to your shoulder (i.e., short sleeve or sleeveless shirts). Please note that you will be required to wait 15-30 minutes after receiving your vaccination for observation. Bring the following items with you to your appointment:

    ID

    Printed registration confirmation and printed COVID-19 Vaccine

    Health insurance card — the vaccine is completely free to you with or without insurance

    Proof of eligibility

    If eligible by employment, proof could be an employee ID badge, a letter from your employer explaining eligibility, or a pay stub showing employer status. Must have proof of employment in NYS.

    If eligible by age, proof could be an ID with your date of birth. Must have proof of being a resident of NYS.

    If eligible by health condition or comorbidity, check with the location of your vaccination prior to arrival for their specific acceptable forms. It will likely include either a note from a medical provider or a signed certification or self-attestation of condition.

  • A. No, there is no cost or copay for the vaccine.

  • A. Currently eligible individuals are noted here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution- vaccine#phase-1a---phase-1b. You can also check your eligibility here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. Individuals who are currently on isolation or quarantine as a positive or contact to a positive are not eligible to be vaccinated. Due to limited vaccine supply, Public Health is not currently vaccinating individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

  • A. Updates will be posted to our social media and the NYS website. Local news also is likely to cover expanded eligibility.

  • A. No, appointments are not transferrable. If you are eligible through your employer for a Public Health clinic, you can- not share the registration link or registration someone else in your place, even if they are eligible by age or health status. If you cannot make your appointment, cancel your appointment.

  • A. Staff from Steuben County Public Health and Steuben County Office of Emergency Services partner with our ServSTEUBEN MRC volunteers and local providers to run vaccination clinics.

  • A. The vaccines are important to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you, your family and friends, and our community, and is an important tool to help get us back to normal. For more information on COVID vaccines visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html

  • A. Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine does not instantly provide protection. It takes time for your immune system to respond to the vaccine and develop disease-fighting antibodies. To be fully protected, you must wait until after receiving your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

  • A. There are currently two vaccines available in the US that require two doses:

    For the Moderna vaccine, a second dose is required 28 days after your first dose. Moderna has been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting 14 days after the second dose. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/

    For the Pfizer vaccine, a second dose is required 21 days after your first dose. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting 7 days after the second dose. Learn more about the Pfizer vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/index.html

    For the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, no second dose is required. The Janssen vaccine has been shown to be about 72% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting 14 days after vaccination. Learn more about the Janssen vaccine by visiting https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/janssen-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions

    All of the vaccines are extremely effective at preventing hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.

    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 application addressing other types of coronaviruses. All the necessary steps and safety measures were followed during the development of the vaccines, 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.

  • A. Yes. Medical experts are still reviewing data to determine when it will be safe to change guidelines related to masks, social distancing and other prevention measures. The COVID vaccines are not 100% effective, so it is important to continue to use all prevention strategies to protect yourself and others until more people are vaccinated.

    Data shows that after two doses of the vaccine, the vaccinated person is protected from getting seriously ill with COVID-19, but they are still working to determine if the vaccine prevents someone from being able to spread or carry COVID-19 without symptoms.

    It is always important to follow good hand washing techniques to stop the spread of many illnesses. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and if they are dirty remains a key step in disease prevention for everyone.

  • A. No. Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 and who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic will not need to be quarantined during the timeframe of 2 weeks post second dose through three months after second dose at this time. These quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons, including the criteria for timing since receipt of the last dose in the vaccination series, will be updated when more data become available and additional COVID-19 vaccines are authorized.

  • A. Like with all vaccines, there is a chance you may experience some symptoms as your body builds an immune response. Potential side effects may include pain, soreness or swelling at the injection site on the arm, fatigue, fever, or headache. These are signs 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, but should not be taken before you feel symptoms or before you get the vaccine. If you don’t feel better within two or three days you should follow up with your doctor.

    If you experience other COVID-19 symptoms, such as congestion, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of taste and smell, they are not related to receiving the vaccine and could mean you have COVID-19. You should consult your healthcare provider and get tested. The vaccine does not cause COVID-19 and contains no ingredients that could cause COVID-19, but you could have already been exposed to COVID-19 before receiving your vaccine or before you were protected.

  • A. You will get your second dose of the vaccine from the same provider you received your first dose from. If you got your vaccine at a Steuben County Public Health clinic, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your second dose a week or more before your second dose is due. If you received the Moderna vaccine, your second dose will be 28 days after your first. If you received the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose will be 21 days after your first.

  • A. You can visit the following websites for more information:

    NYS’s phased vaccine distribution plan

    CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine information

    Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

    Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination:

    CDC FAQs

    NYSDOH FAQs

     

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