As eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccinations expands to more members of our community, New York State has shifted the delivery of vaccine allocations from health care systems to state and county mass vaccination sites, pharmacies and to facilities for groups like veterans and those with developmental disabilities.
Because of this shift, Rochester Regional Health is no longer routinely scheduling additional first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for non-healthcare workers. We will fulfill all first and second dose appointments that are already scheduled.
We know many in our community are eager to get vaccinated as quickly as possible and know that this has been a frustrating process. Thank you for your patience and persistence.
We recommend continually checking the Finger Lakes Vaccination Hub for the latest on eligibility for and availability of COVID-19 vaccination appointments in our region. We’ve also developed the tools below and will continue to provide helpful resources and information from our experts about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Groups who are eligible for vaccinations at New York State, County Health Department and pharmacy vaccination locations include emergency services workers and individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including pregnancy, obesity, heart disease or cancer. We highly recommend that you visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub website to confirm your vaccine eligibility and view available vaccination appointments at other locations throughout our region. You can also check your eligibility and availability for vaccine clinic appointments through New York State.
Monroe County Health Department vaccination centers and pharmacies in our region do NOT require a doctor’s note to confirm eligibility. New York State sites, including the Dome Arena in Henrietta, may require documentation – please check with NYS on their requirements for your condition.
Rochester Regional Health's central call team is not currently routinely calling eligible patients for first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Due to limited vaccine supply, Rochester Regional Health is not currently accepting calls to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
If you have a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please arrive on time and bring the below with you:
The vaccine will be administered into your upper arm. Please wear a loose or short-sleeved shirt. If you are unable to receive the vaccine in your arm, please let our team know when scheduling your appointment so they can recommend the appropriate location.
No, you do not need to bring a form of payment to the appointment.
Currently, the state is offering both indoor and drive-thru vaccination clinics. At drive-thru locations, expect to remain in your car for the duration of your appointment.
Upon arrival, you will speak with a medical professional who will screen you, asking you a variety of health questions to ensure that it is safe for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
You will be provided paperwork to fill out while you wait for your turn to receive the vaccine. Staff members will be available to assist you with the paperwork, if necessary.
Next, a medical professional will administer the vaccine.
Right after receiving the vaccine, a staff member will help you fill out the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form.
After the vaccination, you’ll wait 15-30 minutes in your car or a socially distanced observation area. Medical professionals will monitor your health throughout this time to ensure you do not experience an allergic reaction or any other health concerns.
After observation, you’re free to go!
Once you have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to monitor your health for any concerns. Some side effects include:
At this time, it’s still important to wear a mask, stay socially distant, and wash your hands regularly, even after you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine.
For any questions or concerns, please contact your primary care physician via phone or MyCare.
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