COVID-19 Vaccine Update – 1.12. 21

We are aware that the NY State has announced that those in group/phase 1b are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  At this time we have not received additional doses to be distributed, nor have the counties.  Our partners in the county Public Health Departments should be receiving instructions soon – they have asked that you monitor the County websites, social media, radio and television.  You can also monitor the Warren County COVID-19 Vaccine information line at 518-761-6200, and the NY State COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (833) 697-4829.  As soon as we have additional information we will post it here as well. Please see below for additional information:

From NYS Department of Health:

As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. All vaccinations are by appointment only. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.  For more information visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ 

  • Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
  • People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use our online tool to find a location. Beginning at 4:00pm on Monday, January 11, the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees)will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

Additional Warren County information:

Warren County has created a new informational phone line for residents who want up-to -date information on COVID-19 vaccines.

This new information line can be reached at 518-761-6200. It will include recordings detailing the status of clinics. We ask that the public check in with this line and/or our Warren County online sites regularly for updates on when vaccine is available and clinics have been scheduled.

Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution process opened Monday, January 11. But clinics can be set up only when vaccine doses are available.

“We are asking people to please be patient,” Warren County Health Services Director Ginelle Jones said. “We are asking them to monitor our website if they have internet,  monitor our Facebook pages if they have social media, and monitor media and our vaccine information line at 518-761-6200 if they do not have a computer.”

Warren County Health Services has plans in place to conduct clinics as soon as vaccine supplies are available.

“When we get vaccine, we will set up clinics and publicize them as widely as possible,” Jones explained.

Warren County’s COVID Hub website is updated regularly with vaccine information, as is the Warren County, New York Facebook page and Warren County NY Public Health Facebook page.

 

Additional Washington County Information:

The Washington County COVID-19 site can be accessed here.

While our Washington County, NY Public Health Department continues their planning and coordination efforts for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine with the Capital Region HUB partners, we are currently awaiting a supply of vaccine and do not have any available for distribution at this time. PLEASE DO NOT call our Public Health office relative to vaccine, when PODs (Points of Distribution) are open, an announcement will be made on all of our sites / outlets and all scheduling will be done through the state’s system online or by phone with the NYS Vaccination Hotline at (833)NYS-4VAX.

We caution there will not be vaccine available to all eligible individuals at one time, appointments will be scheduled as vaccine availability will allow. Per the Governor’s announcement, at the current rate of supply, it will take approximately 16 weeks to complete vaccine rollout to those currently deemed eligible.

I WANT TO BE VACCINATED, WHAT CAN I DO?

Are you eligible? Click here.
No internet access? Call (833)NYS-4VAX
Check with your Healthcare Provider for vaccine availability
Check with Pharmacies: CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens & Kinney
Check our site for updates: washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus
For the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and NYS Vaccine Distribution Program, check the state’s website by clicking here.

Our team at Washington County, NY Public Health Department remains committed to ensuring all those in our county who wish to be vaccinated can be vaccinated! The distribution of vaccine is an extensive process and will take a significant amount of time to get to everyone, we are required to abide by the stipulations as set forth in the state’s distribution program and are limited by supply. We encourage everyone to stay up to date, informed and be patient as we all work through these challenges together.