THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING of our community is our top priority. Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is working closely with community partners to prevent and respond to the evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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The Tompkins County Health Department is urging everyone in our community who is able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as it becomes available. Widescale vaccination is critical for developing immunity in our community. When a high percentage of people are vaccinated, their immunity against the virus will stop the transmission, as well as protect those who are unable to get the vaccine.
Everyone has a part in ensuring that the community stays healthy and safe. In addition to continuing to wear masks, maintain distance, wash hands, and follow gathering guidance, we can all encourage our friends, family, and neighbors to get vaccinated when it is available. Follow this website and the Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter channels for updates on the vaccine in our community.
About the vaccines
- What is the difference between the vaccines?
- Are the vaccines safe?
- The vaccine was developed too fast.
- Could a vaccine infect me with COVID-19?
- Are the vaccines effective against COVID-19 “variants?”
- When can I be vaccinated?
- When is someone “fully vaccinated?”
- Will getting vaccinated prevent me from getting sick with COVID-19?
- Will the vaccine cause a positive test on future COVID-19 viral tests?
- Can I infect others even after I’m vaccinated?
- Should I get the vaccine if I have had a coronavirus infection?
- Can I get vaccinated if I am currently sick with COVID-19?
- How much will it cost to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
- What do I need to bring to the vaccination site?
- Can I get a flu shot at the same time I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
What if …
- What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Will the vaccine affect my fertility?
- Will I need the vaccine to go to work or school?
- What are the side effects of the vaccine?
- Can I get time off to get vaccinated?
- Can I get sick pay if I have side effects from the vaccine? How long will I be out of work if I have side effects?
- I’m afraid of needles, is there another way to receive the shot?
- I’ve got a lot of allergies and someone told me not to get it.
- Why bother getting vaccinated?
- I take a lot of vitamins and keep myself really healthy.
- Your second dose of the vaccine
- Third dose
- Fourth dose
- Booster doses: Who is eligible?
- Second booster dose
Vaccine details and safety
About the vaccines
All vaccines in use in the United States are proven to be very effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
- Mechanism: the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are “mRNA” vaccines, and the Johnson & Johnson is a “viral vector” vaccine. All of them use virus parts (either mRNA or proteins) to trigger the immune system into building defenses that block production of those parts in the actual virus. In either case, these parts break down quickly and have no further influences on the body.
- Dosage: the Pfizer requires 2 doses spaced 21 days apart, the Moderna is 2 doses spaced 28 days apart. The J&J requires only one dose.
- Eligibility: Everyone ages 6mos. and older is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Children ages 6 months–5 years are eligible to receive the Moderna vaccine. Everyone ages 18 and up are eligible to receive the Moderna and J&J vaccines.
- Approval: The Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval for use by ages 16+, and is available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ages 6 months–15 years. Moderna has been approved for ages 18 and older, and is available under EUA for ages 6 months–17 years. J&J is available under an EUA for ages 18+.
- Storage: the mRNA vaccines must be stored and transported at extremely low, subzero temperatures. This makes their distribution difficult in areas that do not have the specialty freezers necessary to transport or store the vaccine. The J&J vaccine simply needs to be refrigerated, and can be stored there for up to 3 months.
- Resource: CDC: Stay Up to Date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same rigorous review that all vaccines must follow in the U.S. In New York, the State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force also approved these COVID-19 vaccines as safe and effective. While the vaccine is in use, the FDA and the CDC are constantly monitoring for new side effects.
Yes. All of the vaccines currently available in the US protect people against severe disease, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, based both on clinical trials and real-world experience and observation. No vaccines are 100% effective, so some fully vaccinated individuals will still get sick. However, data collected on these "breakthrough cases" suggest that symptoms are milder for these individuals. The vaccines can also reduce the spread of COVID-19, protecting others.
Even though this is the first time the “mRNA” vaccines have been authorized for public use, the science and testing behind them has been underway for more than 10 years. The clinical trials for the vaccines were thorough and the results were carefully reviewed. Because the FDA granted a Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for each vaccine, they were available much sooner than would be expected when an emergency use is not necessary.
The Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval as of 8/23/21.
No. None of the vaccines authorized or under review for use in the U.S. are made with the live virus that causes a COVID-19 infection or would make you sick.
Yes. The vaccines are effectively protect against severe disease caused by the dominant variants that are currently circulating, including the Delta variant. However, recent data suggests that the effectiveness rate may decrease (wane) over time and booster shots may be needed. An effective vaccine protects against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
Now. Everyone age 6mos. and over who lives, works, or goes to school in New York State is eligible to be vaccinated here.
- 2 weeks after a second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Most likely. In the clinical trials, no one who was vaccinated got a case of COVID-19 that resulted in hospitalization or death. There is still a chance of getting a mild case of the disease.
No. Authorized vaccines will not cause a positive on any of the tests used to detect a current infection.
Maybe. This is still being studied, so you should continue taking all precautions when around others who are not in your household, such as wear a mask, maintain distance, avoid gatherings, wash hands well and often. This risk may be greater while the Delta variant is the dominant strain in the population.
Yes. The science shows that the vaccine provides better and longer-lasting protection than the defenses your body builds up when you were infected.
No. People with COVID-19 — both those who have symptoms and those who do not — should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and are released from isolation by the Health Department.
Nothing. There is no charge or co-pay to be vaccinated. However, if you have health insurance or Medicare Part B, bring your card with you to the clinic.
You need to bring identification that shows your date of birth and that you are a resident of New York State. If you are not a resident, you need to bring documents that show you work or go to school in New York.
Yes. There is no required interval of time between receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccine, such as the flu shot (you may want to consider getting one in each arm rather than both in the same arm). The Health Department recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. Most local pharmacies provide flu vaccines, or contact your primary care provider.
What if …
All of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have questions, discuss this with your practitioner. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that either the COVID-19 vaccines or being infected by the virus affect fertility in women. Out of all the women of child-bearing age who have been either infected or vaccinated, there is no evidence that the COVID pandemic has changed fertility patterns.
The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in individuals ages 6mos. and up. The Moderna vaccine has been authorized for ages 6mos - 5 years, and for individuals ages 18 and over. Johnson & Johnson vaccines is authorized only for ages 18 and over.
Maybe. Many workplaces and schools are requiring staff and students to be vaccinated as a condition of employment or enrollment. This is legal. In some cases regular testing is allowed as an alternative to vaccination. You should check with the school, college, or employer.
The vaccination is an injection (shot) like the flu vaccine. The most common side effects are injection site pain or soreness, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever. These symptoms go away after a few days. You can learn more about side effects in this section below.
A NYS law grants time off for public and private employees to receive any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses. Under the law, employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation was passed and signed in March 2021, and remains in effect through the end of the year.
- Click here for an FAQ from the NYS Department of Labor.
- Click here for a sign about the benefit
- Click here for the full text of the Labor Law provision (Chapter 77 of the Laws of 2021).
Can I get sick pay if I have side effects from the vaccine? How long will I be out of work if I have side effects?
Whether there are side effects from the vaccination, and if so the severity, is different for everyone. New York’s paid sick leave law requires employers with five or more employees or net income of more than $1 million to provide paid sick leave to employees, and for employers with fewer than five employees and a net income of $1 million or less, to provide unpaid sick leave to employees. This law is in addition to the New York State provisions already in effect providing emergency paid sick time due to COVID-19, as well as the COVID-19 vaccination leave protections signed into law by Governor Cuomo on March 12, 2021. Additional information is in this guidance document from NYSDOL.
Many people are afraid of needles, so you are not alone. However, right now there are no other ways of getting vaccinated. If you have a chronic illness or condition and are concerned about pain during or after you get a shot, it is best to talk with your primary care doctor who knows your situation. You may also speak with a nurse at the vaccination site.
There is a remote chance that a vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction, but this would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting vaccinated. For this reason, individuals are asked to stay at the clinic site for 15 to 30 minutes after they get their shot to be monitored by medical staff for any allergic response. Registered nurses are on site, both administering vaccinations and in the observation area, so be sure to tell one if you are concerned.
Clinical trials have shown there is a 100% survival rate for people who are vaccinated. Plus, even if you don’t get sick, you may still harbor the virus and spread it to family, friends, and loved ones. Getting vaccinated significantly drops the chance of that happening.
A healthy lifestyle can make you feel better everyday! But that may not be enough to keep you from getting infected with the virus. Even with a mild or “asymptomatic” case of COVID-19, you can still spread the virus to others with weaker immune systems. That is why it’s so important to get vaccinated, and continue to wear a mask in public places, wash hands well, avoid crowds, and social distance to prevent the disease from spreading.
According to the CDC, you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.
COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the currently circulating variants. However, studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants.
A booster or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help maximize your protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability, and continue to safeguard our communities against the virus.
Everyone ages 5 and up should get a booster after completing their primary series. Your eligibility for a booster shot depends on which vaccine you got for your first series. Following are CDC recommendations as of May 24, 2022 based on which vaccine you got in the first round:
- Ages 5 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five (5) months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster (3 months for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised).
- Ages 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five (5) months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two (2) months ago are eligible for a booster dose (3 months and 2 months respectively for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised).
- mRNA vaccines, either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, are recommended over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in most situations for ages 18+.
The following are now eligible for a second COVID-19 vaccine booster of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). In accordance with CDC’s recommendation, NYS’s updated guidance acknowledges the increased risk of severe disease for certain populations, making a second mRNA booster recommended for those who may choose to increase their protection further:
- Adults ages 50 years and older should receive a second booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four months after their first booster dose.
- Adults ages 18–49 years who received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and initial booster dose should receive a second booster dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 4 months after their first booster dose.
- Those ages 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four months after their first booster dose.
References and Resources About Boosters
- NYSDOH: Booster doses and additional doses
- NYSDOH: Booster dose eligibility
- NYSDOH: Booster doses FAQ
- CDC: Who can get a booster shot?
- CDC: Stay up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines
- CDC: People with certain medical conditions
- CDC Third dose information page
Vaccines for Children FAQ
The CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for all eligible individuals ages 5 years and older.
Yes. A wide range of doctors and other experts agree that there are many benefits of getting children vaccinated.
The vaccine helps prevent children from getting COVID-19:
While COVID-19 illness may be milder in children than in adults, severe lung infections can occur and make the child very sick, or even result in hospitalization. And because the Delta and Omicron variants are significantly more contagious than other variants that cause COVID-19, the risk of kids getting infected is even greater. The vaccines available now are effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from all known variants that cause COVID-19.
COVID-19 can cause death in children, although this is rarer than for adults.
The vaccine helps prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Cases of COVID-19 are increasing among children, and children infected with the coronavirus can transmit it to others, even when they have no symptoms. Getting vaccinated can protect both the child and others by reducing the chance that they transmit the virus to others, including your family members and friends who may be more susceptible to severe consequences of the infection.
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 can help stop other variants from emerging:
Coronavirus can only mutate into new variants if it’s replicating in an infected person. Getting vaccinated reduces the potential for the virus to grow in the vaccinated person. That in turn decreases the opportunity for more mutations and new variants that may be even more dangerous than Delta.
Having your child vaccinated for COVID can help restore a more normal life:
The virus can transmit easily between unvaccinated children and adults, but children who are vaccinated are less likely to get infected when they are exposed to another child or adult with the virus, and therefore less likely to get sick or spread the virus. Less sickness and spread means they are more likely to be able to continue going to school and participating in other activities.
COVID-19 vaccines help protect the community:
Every child and adult who gets vaccinated reduces the potential of transmitting the virus to others in the community. This protects the health of those living and working here and throughout the region. When you and your child are vaccinated, you help break the cycle of spreading the virus from one person to another and so on throughout the community, slowing or stopping the possibility that more people will get sick, get hospitalized, or maybe even die.
Fewer overall infections among the population means less chance of severe infection and death in the community and of dangerous coronavirus variants emerging.
Yes. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for ages 5 through 11 years is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals aged 12 years and older (30 micrograms). It is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, just like the adult vaccine. For children ages 6mos. through 4 years is also a lower dose (3 micrograms), administered as a three-dose series, 3 weeks apart.
The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for ages 6mos - 5 years is a lower dose, two-dose series, administered one month apart. Moderna for ages 6 years - 17 years is not yet authorized.
Generally, yes. These include pain at the injection site (upper arm), feeling more tired than usual, headache, achy muscles or joints. Even fever and chills are possible. The side effects generally clear up within 48 hours.
Since April 2021 there have been more than a thousand reports to the CDC of cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) happening after some COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States.
However, after hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been administered, these reports are very rare. The myocarditis or pericarditis occurs more often in adolescents (teens) and young adults, and in males, and in almost all cases is mild and resolves quickly. And myocarditis is much more common as a complication from having COVID-19 than from getting vaccinated.
What to watch for: If, within a few days of receiving the second injection of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination your child experiences chest pain, shortness of breath, or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heartbeat, you should seek medical attention right away.
The FDA and the CDC carefully go through the available clinical trial data before deciding whether to extend authorization of a vaccine for use by new age groups. The vaccines are continuously monitored for any signs of serious side effects and safety issues among the public.
Yes, an infected child can transmit COVID-19 to you or another child or adult. Some studies suggest that young children may be less likely to spread the virus to others than older children and adults, but it can still happen. Getting vaccinated yourself will help protect you from severe illness if you catch COVID-19 from your child, and reduce the risk that you will spread the coronavirus to your children and other family members if you become infected
You can get your child vaccinated now. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on Saturday, June 18, 2022, and voted in favor of using the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months and older. On June 17th, the FDA authorized use of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for this age group. The decision was made after analyzing substantial data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine's safety and effectiveness for children in this age group.
Contact your child's healthcare provider or a local pharmacy for vaccine availability. Parents or guardians/caregivers must accompany every child and will need to sign a consent form for those under the age of 18.
- CDC News Release for ages 6mos+ EUA (6/18/2022)
- FDA News Release for ages 6mos+ EUA (6/17/2022)
- FDA News Release for ages 5-11 years EUA Booster (05/17/2022)
- FDA News Release for ages 5-11 years EUA (10/29/2021)
- Supporting Data and Scientific Research
- COVID Data Tracker Pediatric Data
- CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Source for this section: COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Safety of the COVID-19 Vaccines
Will these vaccines continue to be monitored for problems?
Yes. Even though no safety issues arose during the clinical trials, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners will continue to monitor the new vaccines for serious side effects that may not have been seen in clinical trials. Any unexpected side effect will be quickly studied to determine if it is an isolated incident or a broader safety concern.
How will experts evaluate the COVID-19 vaccines in real-world conditions?
Experts are working on many types of real-world studies to determine vaccine effectiveness, and each uses a different method. CDC will use several methods because they can all contribute different information about how the vaccine is working.
- Case-control studies.
- A test-negative design study.
- Cohort studies.
- Screening method assessments.
- Ecologic analysis assessments.
Details about the different types of studies are in this FAQ Addendum.
Common side effects of the vaccine
Side effects that have been reported for the vaccines include:
- Injection site pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Injection site swelling
- Injection site redness
- Feeling unwell
- Swollen lymph nodes
There is a remote chance that a vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction including difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, rapid heartbeat, a rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. Severe allergic reactions usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting vaccinated. For this reason, individuals are asked to stay at the clinic site for a 15 to 30 minute observation period after they get their shot. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention or call 9-1-1.
There is no residency requirement for being vaccinated at a Tompkins County facility.
Your vaccinator will ask you a series of screening questions before you are vaccinated, similar to questions you are asked when you get a flu shot. Examples are listed below. You may be asked these questions on your registration form, and again at the vaccination site.
- Have you ever had an allergic reaction to any vaccine or shot?
- Do you feel sick today?
- In the last 10 days, have you had a COVID-19 test or been told to isolate or quarantine at home?
- Are you immunocompromised or on a medicine that affects your immune system?
- Are you pregnant or plan to become pregnant?
- Are you breastfeeding?
Sample screening forms
- Cayuga Health System vaccination site screening questions.
How often will I need to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
Two of the currently authorized vaccines require a second dose to increase their effectiveness, and one just a single dose. The Pfizer vaccine second dose should be 21 days after the first shot, and the Moderna vaccine’s second dose should be taken 28 days after the first. Second doses must be given at the same location where you received your first dose. Be sure you have an appointment for your second shot before you leave the clinic where you get your first shot.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is just one dose, and no future appointments are needed to become fully vaccinated.
What happens if I don’t get the second shot on time?
There have not been enough studies to know if a delayed second shot will still reach the full effectiveness for each vaccine. The schedule for doses of each vaccine is based on data from clinical trials. Everyone who receives a first dose of the vaccine should get the second dose according to schedule in order to provide the best possible protection against the disease.
This same video is currently available in these languages: Karen, Spanish
“Office Hours” Live Stream Video Series
"Office Hours" is a series of virtual Vaccine Q&A live streams produced by TCHD in partnership with local physicians and community members. Each event is designed to offer a safe space and informative experience for attendees seeking more information on COVID-19 vaccines.
Each event is moderated by a member of the community or TCHD staff and will focus on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Attendees will be able to ask questions live or anonymously. Some sessions will be recorded for later viewing and archived on the County's YouTube Channel. Direct links to recordings are in the listings.
Registration: Online use the links below. By phone call 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-8667).
- For All Community Members.
- Open session for all community members with questions and concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
- Hosted by Dr. Kathryn Rooth, Cayuga Medical Center
- Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- Focus on Questions from People of Color.
- Open session to answer questions and concerns from people of color about the vaccine
- Hosted by Dr. Jada Hamilton, Cornell Health
Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- With REACH Medical.
- Open session with REACH Medical, for community members with concerns about the vaccine.
- Hosted by Dr. Judy Griffin & Dr. Elizabeth Ryan, REACH Medical
- Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- For Parents and Caregivers.
- Open session to answer questions and concerns from those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or parents/caregivers about the vaccine & children.
- Hosted by Dr. Audrey DeSilva & Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Northeast Pediatrics
- Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- For Karen/Burmese Speakers.
- Catholic Charities Immigration Services with translation for Karen/Burmese speakers.
- Contact Paige Cross at Catholic Charities for access to recording: (607) 272-5062; Paige.Cross@dor.org
- Hosted by Tompkins County Health Department Community Health Nurses Melissa Gatch, Karen LaCelle, & Director of Health Promotion Samantha Hillson
- For Older Adults
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3:00 p.m.
- Open session for older adults with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Hosted by Dr. Deidre Blake, MD, Cayuga Health Systems Orthopedic Program
- Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- Horario de Oficina en Español
- Miércoles 24 de Febrero, 17:00 h.
- Con Dr. Maya Aponte, CMC, y Carolina Gilbert, RN, CMC
- Moderado por Patricia Fernandez de Castro Martinez, Asociación Cívica Latina
- Mira el evento grabado en YouTube
- Q&A for communities of color
- Friday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.
- Guest practitioner: Dr. Daryll Dykes, Upstate Medical Center
- Moderators: Rev. Wright, Calvary Baptist Church, and Dr. Clarke, Tompkins County Office of Human Rights
- In partnership with Calvary Baptist Church, St. James A.M.E. Zion, Baptized Church of Jesus Christ, T.C. Office of Human Rights and T.C. Dept. of Veteran Services
- Watch the recorded event on YouTube
- Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Blake (Live)
- Wednesday, May 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
- Guest practitioner: Dr. Deidre Blake, Cayuga Medical Center
- Open session for all interested community members
- Register for the event here.Registration required to ask questions live or anonomously.
- Preguntas y respuestas para hispanohablantes (evento en vivo)
- Martes, 18 de mayo de 2021, 12:00 p.m.
- Con la Dr. Maya Aponte de CMC
- Durante cada evento, los asistentes tendrán la posibilidad de hacer preguntas en vivo o de forma anónima. Cada evento será moderado por un miembro de la comunidad o el personal de TCHD.
Mira el evento grabado en YouTube
- Vaccine Q&A for parents and caregivers (Live)
- Tuesday, May 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Guest practitioners: Dr. Snedeker, Northeast Pediatrics and Dr. Casey, Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics
- Vaccinating children, and questions related the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding
Watch the recorded event on YouTube
Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu shot to be immunized against influenza now. Visit your local pharmacy or your health care practitioner today. More info is here.
References and resources:
New York State
- NYS Vaccine homepage NYS Department of Health
- NYS Guiding Principles for vaccine distribution and administration
- NYS Vaccination Program web page, NY Forward
- NYS Phased Distribution of the Vaccine
- NYS "Am I Eligible" form: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.
- NYS Guidance for NYS Vaccination Program (Effective date: 2/15/21, PDF)
- NYS Vaccine Information for Providers
- Guidance for the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) Click Here
- Guidance for age 16+ residents of NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)-registered facilities Click Here
- Guidance for Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Funeral Workers Click Here
- Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Personnel Click Here
- Guidance for age 16+ residents of NYS OCFS-registered facilities Click Here
- United Health Services (UHS) Southern Tier Region FAQ
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine information and updates
- CDC's FAQ
- CDC Recommendations for who should get vaccinated first
- Evidence Table for COVID-19 Vaccines Allocation in Phases 1b and 1c of the Vaccination Program as determined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- American College of Physicians:
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): AAFP Commends COVID-19 Vaccine Progress as Cases Surge
- Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA): Let’s make the most of this moment
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): COVID-19 Town Hall Series
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- American Dental Association (ADA): From the ADA president: A shot at ending this pandemic
- Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fact Sheet for recipients and caregivers (PDF from the FDA website)
- Moderna Fact Sheet for recipients and caregivers (PDF from the FDA website)
If you have questions about whether you meet these criteria after you read the guidance or have questions about registration, you may email the Tompkins County Health Department at COVID19vaccines@tompkins-co.org, or call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667)