Vaccine Roll Out Continues with Fourth Clinic; Health Department Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions

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Caption: Registered nurse Jill Sussman draws a vaccine into the syringe for her next patient. So far the health department has vaccinated over 1,100 residents and those who work in Putnam County.

  • 200 vaccines released to PCDOH from NYS January 19
  • 202 first doses administered on January 21 at a fourth closed POD, for targeted populations in 1b. Recipients of vaccine at PCDOH PODs are identified according to specific NYSDOH guidance
  • Groups and date for next clinic to be announced when vaccine shipment and guidelines are released from NYS

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) held its fourth closed point-of-dispensing clinic, known as a “POD” clinic, and administered 202 vaccines to eligible Putnam residents and others who work in the County, as phase 1b continued. Limited state vaccine supplies resulted in the health department receiving a smaller allotment this time. For the three previous clinics 300 doses were shipped to the local Putnam health department. This brings the total of COVID vaccinations administered by the health department to over 1,100.

The health department typically receives notification of vaccine shipments, and then plans and administers vaccinations within a 48-hour time frame. Rigid state guidelines are issued with each separate vaccine shipment and must be closely followed to ensure future shipments.

Many questions are being asked and the health department has issued an alert which follows below to address the most frequently asked ones. Additionally residents are encouraged to call “211” for questions related to vaccine availability, or the NYS vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

The health department expects additional doses for a future clinic soon, however none are scheduled at this time. Scheduling changes quickly. PODs may still be announced for next week. When a County POD is scheduled, a link will be sent directly to specific organizations or shared on the health department website as appropriate.

Vaccine also may be available from a NYS-run clinic, where all currently eligible New York residents can get vaccinated, unlike local health departments which follow specific state-issued guidelines for their populations. The NYS phased distribution and eligible groups are described here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine .

 

FAQs, January 22, 2021

I’m eligible for the COVID vaccine. What’s next?

If you’re eligible for a vaccine, please be patient as you may not be able to be vaccinated right away. Vaccine supply at the local level is limited by what is distributed by New York State (NYS), which is limited by what is distributed to the state by the Federal government. NYS has set up a network of ‘retail’ providers to administer vaccine to eligible populations. The network is made up of hospitals, pharmacies, the NYS Department of Health and local health departments, and other healthcare providers.  Each provider in the network is responsible for announcing and scheduling their own clinics. For an appointment with a healthcare provider, pharmacy or hospital, please check directly with your preferred provider.

Putnam County Department of Health clinics are scheduled and announced weekly as availability is determined. Announcements  can be found on our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus or social media sites @PutnamHealthNY. Registration links will be emailed for closed clinics or posted on the website for open clinics, depending on NYSDOH instructions.

Appointments for the clinics run by NYS Department of Health can be found at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Check back often if your preferred site has no appointments as availability can change.
If you visit a location without an appointment, you will not receive a vaccine.

 

Will I still need to quarantine after I’ve been vaccinated if I am identified as a contact?

Yes. Although the vaccine is safe and effective from keeping you from becoming ill, scientists do not yet know if a vaccinated person can spread COVID-19 while asymptomatic. If the CDC updates guidance regarding quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, PCDOH will share that information.

 

Where do the vaccines come from?

Vaccines are distributed by the Federal government to the states, and then the states distribute them how they see fit. Moderna and Pfizer are the two vaccines that currently have Emergency Use Authorization  for use in the United States. Both companies are based in the United States.

 

What should I do if I get a sooner appointment?

If you secured multiple appointments for your first dose, please make sure to cancel the later appointment so that someone else can be vaccinated. NYS requires providers to schedule your second dose with the same provider when you receive your first dose.

 

How do I make an appointment for my second dose?

At most providers, your second dose will be scheduled at the time of your first. If you are vaccinated at a PCDOH clinics, you will be given a vaccination card with the date of your second does. They you will be sent an email reminder with a special link to complete mandatory registration for your second dose. There is no need to contact the health department.

 

When will I be eligible for the vaccine?

As of January 20, individuals in Phases 1a and 1b are eligible for vaccination. Phase 1a includes healthcare workers. Phase 1b includes those 65 years and older, first responders, teachers, and other frontline workers. A complete list can be found at: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine. You can also check your eligibility at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

 

What is the cost of the vaccine?

The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers.

 

I already had COVID, do I still need a vaccine?

Yes. Vaccination should be delayed until an infected individual has recovered from the acute illness and has completed their isolation period. The CDC suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, therefore an individual may choose to delay vaccination until the end of their presumed immunity after initial infection.

 

What side effects should I expect from the vaccine?

Whenever you receive a vaccine, your body produces an immune response that can vary from a sore arm to feeling unwell for a few days. Generally, you can expect a sore arm or swelling where you received the vaccine. Other side effects include fever, chills, tiredness, or a headache. For more information about possible vaccine side effects, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

 

Do I still need to wear a mask after I’m vaccinated?

Yes. The vaccine is safe and effective. Research is ongoing to help determine how effective the current vaccines are in preventing a fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individual from spreading COVID-19 to others.

 

Will I need a booster dose or annual COVID-19 vaccination?

According to the CDC, the need for and timing of booster doses for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines has not been established. No additional doses beyond the two-dose primary series are recommended at this time.

 

Can I catch COVID from the vaccine?

No. The vaccines approved for use in the United States do not use a live virus. The two currently available vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have been developed using mRNA technology.

 

Are mRNA vaccines safe? How are they made?

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine based on technology that has been used and studied for decades.  For an easy-to-understand explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, please visit here.

 

How can I find information about vaccine availability?

Residents are encouraged to call “211” for COVID questions related to vaccine availability, or the NYS vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

 

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Please let us know if we can provide any additional information. Feel free to contact our Public Information Officer Shanna Siegel with any questions at 845-656-4905.

The Putnam County Department of Health vaccinated another 202 essential workers on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Carmel Friendship Center

The Putnam County Department of Health vaccinated another 202 essential workers on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Carmel Friendship Center. Putnam County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, Carmel School District talks to Carmel School District employee Lisa Ferraro, who received the vaccine, and Felicia Saunders, RN, who administered the vaccine.

It should be easier and faster to get COVID-19 vaccine, but the hard truth is that a lot of our most vulnerable residents are having to wait too long to be vaccinated

It should be easier and faster to get COVID-19 vaccine, but the hard truth is that a lot of our most vulnerable residents are having to wait too long to be vaccinated, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

Putnam County has almost 18,000 residents aged 65 or older. An estimated 2,600 residents work in law enforcement, firefighting or other protective service occupations.  Another 6,200 or so residents work in education and libraries, which the Census lumps together. Then there are 3,900 healthcare practitioners, technologists and technicians.  And don’t forget nursing home and group home staff and residents.  All of those residents and more are eligible for vaccination under state rules.

“More than 30,700 Putnam residents are eligible under state rules to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” County Executive Odell said. “But this week, the state has allocated just 200 vaccines to our health department to inoculate essential workers and 200 vaccines to a pharmacy to administer to senior citizens. If you can’t get an appointment for a vaccine, that’s why. We are working with the state to try and get more vaccine.”

Right now, there are only three options for vaccination in the county: The Putnam County Department of Health, which is running clinics in Carmel and Philipstown but only for eligible essential workers; Putnam Hospital Center, which is only authorized to vaccinate healthcare professionals; and Drug World in Cold Spring, which is authorized for senior citizen vaccinations only. We are waiting for data from the state to tell us how many doses of vaccine have been dispensed countywide since the start of the program and how many vaccinations have been administered.

The Putnam County Health Department has run three vaccine PODs (points of dispensing), two in Carmel and one in Philipstown, and has vaccinated nearly 1,000 people in the five weeks since the vaccines were made available.

Because the health department has been tasked by the state with vaccinating only a very narrow group of essential workers, it does not schedule appointments online. Instead, the appointments are distributed equally among organizations whose members the department is required to vaccinate. Still, it is worth checking the health department’s website regularly in case it is given the flexibility to vaccinate a broader scope of residents in the future.  https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/

“We are just trying to be fair and work within the guidelines the state has given us,” said Kathy Percacciolo, PCDOH Supervising Public Health Nurse. “We are very experienced at organizing and operating mass vaccination PODs, and we hope the state will allow us to vaccinate more of our residents when supplies increase.”

Drug World, a pharmacy at 55 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring, was selected by the state to run COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those aged 65 and older. The pharmacy vaccinated 140 seniors last week at St. Mary’s in-the-Highlands church, also on Chestnut Street in Cold Spring, and is expected to hold vaccination clinics regularly as supply allows. To check for an appointment, visit https://www.drugworld.com/

The same is shortage of supply is at work for those trying to get an appointment at one of the big regional vaccine centers run by the state, like the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Appointments at those sites are booked through the end of April, the websites say.  To check their availability, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

“We recognize there is concern about the wait for vaccines,” said Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health. “One thing that is important to realize is this was not completely unexpected. We need to look at vaccine implementation as the long-term project it is—more of a long-distance race and not an all-out sprint. It is an enormous undertaking and not physically possible to roll out large numbers of vaccines in an instant.”

Despite the frustration at the current scarcity of vaccine supply, the good news is that more vaccines are expected to be approved in the near future. There will soon be enough vaccine for everyone that wants to get vaccinated.

And, the public health practices we’ve been following continue to work: wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

COVID Vaccine Update – January 20, 2021

A closed COVID vaccine Point-of-Dispensing clinic (POD) by the Putnam County Department of Health has been scheduled on January 21. As directed by NYS, the eligible specific essential employees in Phase 1b who live or work in Putnam County will be notified by their employer or union.

As per direction from New York State, PCDOH is unable to vaccinate adults 65 years and older not employed in the eligible groups at this time. Pharmacies and private healthcare providers will provide vaccinations when availability allows.

A list of people eligible to receive vaccine through PCDOH is below. If you live in Putnam and work in another county in one of the eligible categories, please have your union representative reach out to us at COVID19@putnamcountyny.com. If you work in Putnam in one of the eligible categories and your employer did not receive the registration link for the January 21 POD, please have your union or employer reach out to us at COVID19@putnamcountyny.gov.

We are working on finding the best way to share registration information when we have vaccine available and we thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Eligibility

  • First Responder or Support Staff for First Responder Agency
    • Fire
      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      • Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Police and Investigations
      • State Police, including Troopers
      • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
      • SUNY Police
      • Sheriffs’ Offices
      • County Police Departments and Police Districts
      • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
      • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
      • State Field Investigations, including DMV, SCOC, Justice Center, DFS, IG, Tax, OCFS, SLA
    • Public Safety Communications
      • Emergency Communication and PSAP Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
    • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
      • Court Officer
      • Other Police or Peace Officer
      • Support or Civilian Staff for Any of the Above Services, Agencies, or Facilities
    • Corrections
      • State DOCCS Personnel, including correction and parole officers
      • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
      • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
      • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
      • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • P-12 Schools
      • P-12 school (public or non-public) or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
      • Contractor working in a P-12 school (public or non-public) or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
      • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group childcare
    • Public Transit
      • Airline and airport employee
      • Passenger railroad employee
      • Subway and mass transit employee (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
      • Ferry employee
      • Port Authority employee
      • Public bus employee
    • In-Person College Faculty and Instructors
    • Public Facing Grocery Store Workers

Additional clinics may be scheduled as vaccine availability allows. Please check www.putnamcountyny.com for further announcements.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH VACCINE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

For more information about the COVID vaccine, please visit www.ny.gov/vaccine

This information is current at the time it was shared and is subject to change.

Putnam Vaccine Implementation Continues: Third Closed POD Held for Law Enforcement and School Districts

The Putnam County Department of Health held its third closed point-of-dispensing, known as a “POD” clinic, and administered 308 vaccines to newly eligible Putnam residents and others who work in the County, as phase 1b implementation got underway here. This new group included police, fire fighters and school districts.

Rigid guidelines set by the state dictate who the health department may vaccinate. The health department shares this responsibility with other area providers including pharmacies and Putnam Hospital Center as well as the New York State run POD at Westchester County Center.

The health department expects to be scheduling a future clinic soon, however none are scheduled at this time. Scheduling can change quickly, and a POD may still be announced for next week. This flexibility is necessary because the health department only learns from NYS how much vaccine they will receive, and what new groups, if any, are eligible for a first dose, with less than one week’s notice. When a County POD is scheduled, a link will be sent directly to specific organizations or shared on the health department website as appropriate. Vaccine also may be available from a NYS vaccination site. Information and appointments at these large state-run sites, such as the Westchester County Center, can be found here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

The NYS phased distribution and eligible groups for in Phase 1a and 1b are described here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

Caption: Gerald Locascio, from Kent Police Department receives his COVID vaccine from Victoria Maxino, RN, a volunteer with Putnam’s Medical Reserve Corps.

  • 300 vaccines released to PCDOH from NYS January 12
  • 308 first doses administered on January 14 at a third closed POD, for 1a and 1b recipients (recipients included group homes, police, fire companies and school districts)
  • Groups and date for next clinic to be announced when vaccine shipment and guidelines are released from NYS

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell praised the county health department for establishing COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and called for the public’s patience as we await more vaccine supply.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell praised the county health department for establishing COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites, and called for the public’s patience as we await more vaccine supply.

The Putnam County Department of Health administered 307 vaccines to seniors 75 and older and essential workers on Thursday at the Philipstown Recreation Center. That follows two successful vaccine points of dispensing, or PODS, at the Carmel Friendship Center, which vaccinated 611 people.

“Thursday’s venue was ideal, it means the health department now has a location in Philipstown and another in Carmel to administer the vaccine,” said County Executive Odell. “I even heard seniors remark how nice it was to see friends who they hadn’t seen since the Office of Senior Resources programs were paused early last year.”

Although the county health department has set up facilities to distribute the vaccine, demand still far outstrips supply. More than 7 million New Yorkers are eligible to be vaccinated but the state only received 300,000 doses a week from the federal government. As of Friday, the county health department had no vaccine and no indication when it will receive a new allocation from the state.

The state has a wide network of vaccine dispensers. Hospitals have been charged with vaccinating doctors, nurses and medical workers. Local health departments are charged with vaccinating essential workers identified as part of Phase 1B – first responders, educators and more. Local pharmacies are charged with vaccinating those aged 65 plus, but since there were problems with some pharmacies in Putnam County, the state asked the county’s health department to vaccinate the seniors.

“We need to ask for your continued patience,” Odell said. “This is hard on everyone, but I know it is especially hard on our seniors, who are the most vulnerable to the virus and, often, the most isolated. We are working as best we can to get you vaccinated, and as soon as we get more supply, we will. The best we can do now, is keep you informed. ”

Here is the latest advisory from our health department:

PUTNAM COUNTY COVID VACCINATION INFO UPDATED: January 15, 2021

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County does not have vaccine availability at this time.

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here. Or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be sent directly to specific organizations the state requires us to vaccinate, or shared on the Putnam County Department of Health website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health as appropriate.

Also see PutnamHealthNY Facebook and Twitter accounts @PutnamHealthNY)

 The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose. 

The best place to stay up to date with vaccine announcements is our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or www.putnamcountyny.com

We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.

COVID Vaccine Update – January 15, 2021

DATE: January 15, 2021

ELIGIBLE GROUPS: 1a and 1b ​. More info here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

VACCINE APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Putnam County does not have vaccine availability at this time.
NYS vaccination sites may have changing availability. To check for appointments at a NYS vaccination site, please click here or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
When a Putnam County DOH Point of Distribution clinic (POD) is scheduled, the link will be sent directly to specific organizations or shared at www.putnamcountyny.com/health and social media as appropriate.

The health department is made aware of our vaccine allotment and assignments from NYS on a weekly basis. As such, Putnam will be scheduling Point of Distribution clinics less than 1 week in advance for the first dose.

The best place to stay up to date with vaccine announcements is our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health.
We are eager to vaccinate our community and thank you for your patience as the rollout continues.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Department of Health will open a second COVID-19 vaccination site on Thursday, Jan. 14, this one in Philipstown.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Department of Health will open a second COVID-19 vaccination site on Thursday, Jan. 14, this one in Philipstown.

The site, at Philipstown Recreation Center, will enable the county to vaccinate as many eligible people as supplies allow. The county’s first point of dispensing, or POD, opened last week at the Carmel Friendship Center and vaccinated 611 people over two days.

“We want to ensure that everyone in our county has good access to a POD,” County Executive Odell said. “The supply of vaccine is limited now, but as our allocation from the state increases, we will quickly ramp up and serve many more people on both sides of the county.”

Only those who already have appointments Thursday will be vaccinated. Those without appointments will be turned away.

The county health department is just one of the agencies in Putnam getting vaccine shipments from the state. Pharmacies, urgent cares, health centers and hospitals will also administer vaccines, but County Executive Odell has asked the state to put the county government in charge of the distribution in Putnam.

“If the state put the county government in charge of the local vaccine distribution, we could meet the needs of all our residents with far less confusion,” she said. “We are the level of government that is closest to our population. We know our residents. Our Office for Senior Resources knows who the homebound seniors are, our health department knows how to run a vaccine clinic for our residents because they routinely do so for the Flu vaccine. We have the staff and the volunteers necessary to run big PODs. It just makes so much sense, and we are eager to make this COVID-19 vaccination experience less stressful for our residents.”

Because there is a limited supply of vaccine, the state has set rigid guidelines as to who is eligible.

For Thursday’s health department POD, the department received 100 vaccines that the state designated for seniors aged 75 or older. It also received 200 vaccines designated for essential workers and divided those appointments among the police, fire companies and school districts.

“This has been a nerve-wracking year and we are all eager to get vaccinated, or to make appointments for our elderly loved ones,” said Legislator Amy Sayegh. “We just have to be patient a little longer. We are lucky the vaccination program has started and are confident the volume will increase soon. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.”

Healthcare workers, first responders, educators, transit workers and other essential workers are now eligible for vaccination. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed Centers for Disease Control guidance and extended the pool of eligible New Yorkers to those aged 65 and older as well as immunocompromised adults. Millions of New Yorkers are now eligible for vaccination, but the state only gets 300,000 vaccines a week from the federal government.
To sign up, fill out this form:
https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Those eligible can also call the State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for an appointment: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

For more information about eligibility, phased distribution and more, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know.

Vaccine Putnam County – The Putnam County Department of Health is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccination distribution

The Putnam County Department of Health is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccination distribution to those aged 75 and older, first responders, teachers and other essential workers who live and/or work in the county, as the state institutes Phase 1B of its vaccination program, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

“This is a good step forward,”  said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “The rollout will still be slow because the supply is so very limited. We are hopeful that vaccine production will ramp up and that the supply will increase to meet the demand.”

Vaccinations are by appointment only.

To sign up, start by seeing if you are eligible:

https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

If you are, you will be given a list of local places where you can get a vaccination.

Those eligible can also call the State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for an appointment: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

 

Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine you will receive a submission ID.

Do not show up to a vaccination site without an appointment. You will not be given a vaccine.

For information about eligibility, phased distribution and more, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know.

 

On Monday, Jan. 11, the Putnam County Department of Health ran its second Phase 1A vaccination point of dispensing, or POD, at Carmel Friendship Center on Old Route 6 for healthcare workers and those who live or work in nursing homes or group homes only. The health department has administered 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine, all it has received so far. The department expects another 300 doses this week.

Other agencies, including hospitals, urgent cares, health centers and pharmacies, will also be vaccinating people. Because of the limited supplies, it is expected to take until mid-April to vaccinate all the New York State residents in the approved 1A and 1B groups.

Those now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 75 and older
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Specialty medical practices of all types
  • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
  • Physical Therapists and their staff
  • Optometrists and their staff
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
  • Home care workers
  • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

COVID19 Vaccine Clinic for Phase 1A on Monday, January 11

The Health Department is offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, January 11 from 12 noon until 3 pm for those eligible during Phase 1A who live or work in Putnam County at the Carmel Friendship Center, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel.

Availability is limited and preregistration is required. NO WALK-INS allowed.

You must bring proof of residency and employment or your professional license. If you are not in Phase 1A, you will be turned away.

Phase 1A includes:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers

Pre-register here: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50501701

If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through the link in your confirmation email as soon as possible to allow someone else to be vaccinated. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH VACCINE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

For more information about the COVID vaccine, please visit www.ny.gov/vaccine

Additional clinics may be scheduled as vaccine availability allows. Please check www.putnamcountyny.com for further announcements.

This information is current at the time it was shared and is subject to change.