NYS Southern Tier Regional COVID-19 Vaccination
New York State Tiered Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, so it will take time to vaccinate everyone who wants to receive it. The CDC has established a framework to make the vaccine available in a phased approach. Exact time frames have not been determined.
Stay informed by visiting this page or the NYS COVID-19 website.
Are you eligible?
New York State has launched an "Am I Eligible" online tool to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility, connect them with administration centers and schedule appointments. To find out if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
Southern Tier Vaccination Locations
Please see information about vaccination locations in your county. There is great variability in the quantity of vaccines and timing of vaccination clinics, so click the link to the website you are interested in. That will give you more specific information about when and where you can register.
If you have family or friends who are unable to register electronically, registration by phone is available at
*Due to significant call volume, assume there will be time spent on hold.
Upcoming Information Sessions & Town Hall Meetings
- 3/4/21: NAACP Elmira / Corning – Virtual Community Forum
- 3/4/21: 我们很荣幸推出下一期的炉边谈话 - Fireside Chat - Mandarin Program
- 3/5/21: Tompkins County Office Hour for Communities of Color
- 3/11/21: L.E.A.R.N.: Vaccines & Employers - What you need to know - hosted by Tompkins Chamber of Commerce
- 3/11/21: Cornell Farmworker Program and Finger Lakes Community Health - "COVID-19 Vaccines: Should I get it and what are the side effects"
- 3/24/21: Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network to host a presentation for people of child-bearing age who have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccination Process - Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
There is no charge for vaccine.
While there is no charge for the vaccine, there will be a bill sent to your insurance company for the administration. There is no copay and no deductible. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged.
How is the vaccine given?
The vaccine is given as an injection in the arm. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second dose to increase their effectiveness. The Pfizer vaccine second dose should be 21 days after the first shot, and the Moderna vaccine’s second shot should be taken 28 days after the first. Remember to bring your card when you return.
The Janssen vaccine only requires one dose.
What happens if I don’t get the second shot on time?
The schedule for doses of each vaccine is based on data from clinical trials. Everyone who receives a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get the second dose according to schedule in order to provide the best possible protection against the disease.
There have not been enough studies to know if a delayed second shot will still reach the full effectiveness or each vaccine. When each vaccine is taken on their recommended schedule, they are extremely effective in preventing COVID-19.
After you have scheduled your appointment please bring the following documents with you to your appointment:
- Government issued photo ID
- Insurance card (Insurance is being billed, there is no co-pay and no charge if you do not have medical insurance)
- Verification of your eligibility to be vaccinated in the current phase
- Work ID badge with title (MD, RN, PA, NP, PT, etc.)
- Letter from your employer identifying your eligibility
As we move into other phases of vaccination this information will continue to be be updated.
What should I do to keep myself safe while waiting to get vaccinated and after I get vaccinated?
Continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay 6 feet away from others who are not in your household, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. All of these precautions must continue as you wait for the second dose and as we wait for a majority of the population to be vaccinated. Everyone must continue to use all the tools available to us to stop this pandemic as experts continue to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide us.
The duration of protection from the vaccine against COVID-19 is unknown. Additional assessments of the vaccine are needed to know how often vaccination must be repeated to provide protection.
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccines are carefully evaluated in clinical trials and are authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
- Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection
- COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
- Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines had to show they are safe and effective before any vaccine could be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine had to outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
- Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
- Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
- The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
- Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.
Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests
Vaccines approved for use in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated
Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.
At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.
Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19
While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
FACT: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA
mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.