We know that many people feel frustrated and anxious about the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it safe? Am I eligible? How and where can I get an appointment? Check your eligibility.
Schenectady County is primarily scheduling appointments for essential workers in Phase 1B (which are scheduled directly through an individual's workplace), individuals with specific comorbidities and underlying medical conditions, and OPWDD staff and clients in accordance with New York State's directive. The directive also tasks pharmacies with vaccinating individuals 65 years of age and older.
SUNY Schenectady is not a state-run vaccination site, and Schenectady County has no control over how many doses New York State allocates to our public health department.
SCPHS is ready and able to increase capacity at our POD (point of dispensing) site at SUNY Schenectady if/when Schenectady County receives an increased allocation of vaccines.
If you are eligible, do not wait to get your vaccine from Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS), even if you pre-registered on our website. You should try to schedule an appointment somewhere else if you can.
Thank you for your patience as Schenectady County continues working to vaccinate residents in accordance with NYS directives. To help yourself and our community stay safe and healthy during this time, please continue to follow the basic COVID protocols of wearing a mask even after you get vaccinated, frequent hand-washing, and social distancing.
- Are You Eligible to Receive a Vaccine?
Check your eligibility status:
Schenectady County is pre-registering individuals who are 65 years of age and older, and individuals who have specific comorbidities or underlying medical conditions. Schenectady County will use this list to share updated information and will pull from the list if and when SCPHS is allotted vaccine doses for those individuals.
To pre-register, click the pre-registration link on the top left side of this page under Contact.
If you are eligible, do not wait to get your vaccine from SCPHS, even if you have pre-registered on our website. You should try to schedule an appointment somewhere else if you can.
- Where to Schedule an Appointment
- NYS DOH Eligibility Checker
- The NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
- Albany Med Capital Region Vaccine Hub
- Certain Capital Region Price Chopper/Market 32 Pharmacies
- Certain CVS Pharmacies in NYS
- Schenectady County residents who live in the following 4 zip codes: 12304, 12305, 12307 and 12308, who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can schedule an appointment at the Washington Armory in Albany. Appointments can be scheduled starting at 8am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 through the NYS Eligibility Checker or the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829.
The availability of appointments is dependent upon how many vaccines New York State receives, and where those vaccines are allocated to. If no appointments are available, continue to check these sources frequently for updated information.
- Vaccine 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.