1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
This phone number is manned by New York State and not by Putnam County New York. We have received report that this phone is not answered and does not connect.
NYS is aware of the problem and does apologize. At this current time we are overwhelmed with inquiries.

Covid-19 Vaccine

Information on Vaccines, vaccination phases,
and how to prepare for your shot.


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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: You can also check your eligibility at

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.

Generally, in Putnam County – drug stores do not have vaccine to dispense

Generally as of this writing, No. None of the vaccines being studied are made up of materials that can cause disease. For example, the first vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a small, harmless part of the virus’s genetic material called “mRNA”. This is not the virus. mRNA vaccines teach your body to create virus proteins. Your immune system develops antibodies against these proteins that will help you fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if you are exposed to it. That is called an immune response.

Generally as of this writing, Dress to be able to expose your arm up to your shoulder Valid govt id. Receipt/proof that you registered on the state site to receive the shot.
If the P.O.D. is specific to county residents, you must bring something to prove you are a resident.

After a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized or approved for use by the FDA, many vaccine safety monitoring systems watch for adverse events (possible side effects). This ongoing monitoring can pick up on adverse events that may not have been seen in clinical trials. If an unexpected adverse event is seen, experts quickly study it further to see if it is a true safety concern. Experts then decide whether changes are needed in US vaccine recommendations. In New York State, an added level of review was established to ensure COVID vaccine safety. Following FDA approval, experts on New York State’s independent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Advisory Task Force thoroughly review vaccine research before recommending any vaccine to New Yorkers. The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved by both the FDA and New York State’s independent Clinical Advisory Task Force.

Generally as of this writing, Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. Please consult with your health care provider if you have specific questions about the COVID vaccine and your health.

Generally as of this writing, No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

Generally as of this writing, People can have allergic reactions to any medication or biological product such as a vaccine. Most allergic reactions occur shortly after a vaccine is administered, which is why the CDC recommends that persons with a history of anaphylaxis (due to any cause) are observed for 30 minutes after vaccination, while all other persons are observed for 15 minutes after vaccination. All vaccination sites must be equipped to ensure appropriate medical treatment is available in the event of an unlikely allergic reaction. The CDC recommends anyone with an allergy to “any component” of the vaccine not get the vaccine.

Generally as of this writing, All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. need two shots to be effective.

Generally as of this writing, You may not notice any changes in how you feel after getting the shot. But it’s also possible to feel a little “under the weather.” This can happen after any vaccine. It is the body’s immune response to getting vaccinated and a sign that the vaccine is starting to work. After the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have:

  • A sore arm where you got the shot
  • A headache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Tiredness

Over the counter pain relievers and fever reducers may help. You should feel better in a day or two. If you still don’t feel well after two or three days, talk to your health care provider.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Generally as of this writing, Yes. You will need to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene for the foreseeable future as the vaccine is rolled out in phases. Experts need more time to understand the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on mask use. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Generally as of this writing, Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines will be available at no cost.

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.

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.

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.

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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