Schenectady County is currently offering the initial series and updated Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up, and the initial series and updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for ages 2-5. Schenectady County will now be offering the Updated Pfizer Booster at all Vaccine Clinics. The Updated Pfizer Booster is available for anyone aged 5 and older whose last vaccine was at least 2 months ago, regardless of what vaccine you received for your primary series. If you have any questions you can call 518-386-2824.
Monday - Friday: 9am-12pm (closed on county holidays) (Ages 2+)
Walk-ins welcome as available (Ages 2+)
Ellis Medicine McClellan Street Health Center
600 McClellan St.
Vaccines are available for children ages 2-5 years old: Appointments available but not required
Fridays 2-4pm (closed on county holidays)
Walk-ins welcome (Ages 5+)
837 Albany Street, Schenectady 12307
*Pfizer vaccines are available to anyone 5 years of age and older. Parent or Guardian consent is required either by filling out the form below, accompanying the minor to the appointment, or being available by phone at the time of the appointment.
Parent/Guardian please download and fill out the Vaccine Consent Form prior to arrival.
- Are You Eligible to Receive a Vaccine?
- Additional Doses and Booster Shots
Some New Yorkers are eligible for additional vaccine doses or booster shots. Learn more:
- Vaccine Manufacturer Information
- Additional Information
- Vaccine FAQs
Q: How do I sign up, and what do I need to bring?
A: If you qualify based on the current Phase, use the scheduling links provided and bring some proof that you qualify such as work ID, proof of employer, etc.
Q: When will the next/future phases start?
A: New York State makes this determination and local counties do not have the ability to vaccinate anyone that does not qualify for the current phase.
Q: When can I go to my doctor to receive a vaccine?
A: We anticipate that at some point, primary care and other providers will have the ability to administer vaccines in future Phases. See https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for the most current information.
Q: Can I go to the hospital for vaccination?
A: Some hospitals in the Capital Region are administering vaccinations in the current Phase as part of our regional HUB led by Albany Medical Center. Visit their website at https://www.amc.edu/capitalregionvax/ for more information about participating providers.
Q: Can I volunteer to help with vaccination efforts?
A: Yes, as part of the Medical Reserve Corps. Visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ to sign up.
Q: I heard the vaccine alters your DNA, is that true?
A: No. The CDC explains how mRNA vaccines work here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html but to think of it in plain terms, the vaccine does not become part of your body, it just tells your body what to do. As Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the CDC explains, “An mRNA vaccine doesn't actually contain the virus itself. Think of it as an email sent to your immune system that shows what the virus looks like, instructions to kill it, and then—like a Snapchat message—it disappears. Amazing technology.”
Q: I heard the vaccine has a microchip in it. Is that true?
A: No, this is not true. Some people have misinterpreted tracking technology not currently in use that could be included on the labels of vaccines to help with inventory and prevent counterfeiting as being a chip in the vaccine itself. We encourage you to research fact-checking information related to this belief.
Q: The vaccine was rushed so fast, how can it be safe?
A: While the specific vaccines approved for COVID-19 may seem to have been made available quickly, the science and technology behind them is not new. The CDC explains this in much greater detail here https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html
Q: Why can’t I wait to see how everyone else does before I get vaccinated?
A: You can if that is your wish unless your employer requires that you receive the vaccine. However, in order for the COVID-19 crisis to end, we need to get a high enough number of people in the United States so that the virus can no longer spread like it is now. Do your research using reputable resources and experts, talk to others who have received the vaccine, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately misinformation has spread rapidly on the internet and social media platforms that confuse and scare people unnecessarily.