We recommend continually checking the Finger Lakes Vaccination Hub and the tools listed below for the latest on eligibility for and availability of COVID-19 vaccination appointments in our region.
As of February 15, health officials announced that individuals with many chronic conditions including pregnancy, obesity, heart conditions and cancer, in addition to those who are over 65 and in jobs at high-risk for transmission, are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines at vaccination centers and pharmacies throughout our region.
Eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is determined by NYS health officials and requirements change often. The best way to find out if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine is to visit the New York State Department of Health website.
If you’re eligible, the next step is to schedule an appointment.
New York State has shifted the delivery of vaccine allocations from health care systems to state and county mass vaccination sites, pharmacies and facilities for groups like veterans and those with developmental disabilities. For more information on vaccine allocation, visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub allocation chart.
Understanding that patients are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s highly encouraged to check for available appointments through:
While you may be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State, eligibility to schedule appointments at each location varies. The following chart details what locations are scheduling vaccination appointments for what individuals:
|Vaccine Provider/Locations||Who Can Receive Vaccine There|
|State-run mass vaccination sites (e.g., Rochester Dome Arena)||All eligible individuals, including individuals with eligible chronic disease and pre-existing conditions|
|County-run mass vaccination sites (e.g., Rochester Convention Center)||
|Health care systems||
|Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)||
|Congregate Care Settings Mobile Teams||Eligible individuals in congregate settings such as independent living facilities, facilities for people with developmental disabilities, and jails|
|Veterans Administration facilities||Eligible veterans|
|Skilled nursing facilities||
*Updated February 19. For the most up to date chart, visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub
For your appointment, you’ll need:
Do I need proof of chronic condition?
If you are eligible for vaccination due to a chronic condition, in addition to bringing the above, you may need to bring proof of your condition.
While at your appointment, please follow all safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Every individual who receives a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. If you did not do so prior to your appointment, expect to fill one out upon arrival.
At your appointment, you will be provided information on the COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving and you’ll be screened to ensure that it is safe for you to receive the vaccine. At this time, you should also expect to schedule an appointment for your second dose of the vaccine.
After receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, expect to wait in observation for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for immediate allergic reactions.
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