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COVID-19 Vaccines

NYS is currently in the vaccine distribution Phase 1B.

Schenectady County Public Health Services is currently scheduling appointments for Phase 1A ONLY.

    View information about Phases.


    Are You Eligible to Receive a Vaccine?

    In accordance with New York State’s Phased COVID-19 Vaccination guidelines, Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) is taking appointments for individuals eligible to receive the vaccine. At this time, SCPHS vaccination is only available to individuals in the Capital Region who qualify, are able to sign a written attestation, and provide proof of employment or other documentation at the time of vaccination. People who are unable to provide verification will be turned away upon check-in.

    Check your eligibility status.

    If you meet the eligibility criteria for PHASE 1A and can provide proof, please Request an Appointment to be Vaccinated by SCPHS.

    Once your form has been submitted, County staff will contact you when appointments are available.

    Vaccines may be available for Phase 1A and Phase 1B-eligible individuals: 

    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).

    Certain Price Chopper/Market 32 Pharmacies

    Pre-Register for Phase 1B - 75 Years of Age and Older ONLY

    Phase 1B includes individuals who are age 75 and older. To pre-register for Phase 1B (75 Years of Age or Older ONLY), fill out the pre-registration form on the top left side of this page under Contact.

    Vaccines may be available for Phase 1B-eligible individuals: 

     

    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).

     

    Certain Price Chopper/Market 32 Pharmacies

    Phase 1B

    Phase 1B:

    View information about Phase 1B.

    Vaccines may be available for Phase 1B-eligible individuals: 

     

    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).

     

    Certain Price Chopper/Market 32 Pharmacies

    Vaccine Information

    Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

    Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine

    CDC: Different COVID-19 Vaccines

    COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts (NYS DOH)

    Additional Information

    NYS DOH Phased Distribution of the Vaccine

    New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program

    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: I’m over 65 and/or have a high risk medical condition, do I qualify?

    A: People over age 65 -74 and adults with high-risk medical conditions are in Phase 1C.

    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.

    CDC: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination