Please do not contact your Community Health Center of the North Country provider or health center for a vaccine appointment at this time.

Prior to vaccination, the following Consent Form must be filled out and brought with you to your appointment.
*Please be aware that once vaccines are available at our health centers, you will be required to provide the name (as well as proof) of your Employer, in accordance with New York State phasing requirements.

If you feel you are eligible for the vaccine because of the underlying conditions listed just below, please fill out this form to confirm your eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and bring it to your appointment. This is NOT necessary if you are a Community Health Center of the North Country patient and receiving the shot at one of our locations.

Vaccine supplies are limited and only those who have been prioritized for vaccination will be invited to schedule a vaccine appointment through New York State Department of Health. The weekly prioritization list is shared below for informational purposes only.
New people eligible starting February 15th include those with the following conditions: Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heart Conditions (including Hypertension), Immunocompromised State, Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurologic Conditions and Liver Disease. Essential Front Line Workers, and those 65 years of age and older also remain a priority.

Essential workers now include: education workers (pre-K through 12 teachers and education workers, licensed and registered child care providers, and school-bus drivers); first responders (local police, State Police, Sheriff's Office employees, professional and volunteer firefighters); EMS workers (including professional and volunteer paramedics and EMTs); public transit workers (airline and airport employees, passenger railroad employees, subway and mass transit employees, ferry employees, Port Authority employees, and public bus drivers); and public safety workers.

• 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)
• Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
• 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
Front-line healthcare workers include, but are 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

If you are unsure whether or not you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the New York State Department of Health website will help you determine if you are eligible and, if so, how to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated through the New York State Vaccine Appointment System. Click here to see if you may be eligible.

Dr. Andrew Williams, our Chief Medical Officer and President of the SLC Board of Health, recently sat down with us to answer some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID Vaccine, which can be seen in the videos below.
For more COVID Vaccine FAQ's from Dr. Williams, visit our YouTube channel by Clicking Here.


Is the vaccine safe and effective?

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. As of December 18, 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines have currently been approved by both the FDA and New York State's independent Clinical Advisory Task Force: the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine.

Will the vaccine give me COVID?

No. None of the vaccines being studied are made up of materials that can cause disease. For example, the first vaccine approved by the 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.

Are the vaccines safe for children and pregnant women?

Studies will need to be conducted testing the vaccine with these groups. To date, no Phase 3 clinical studies of COVID-19 vaccines include children younger than 12 years, and limited data is available on pregnant women.

If you get a vaccine do you need a negative COVID test beforehand?

No. The CDC does not recommend COVID-19 screening tests before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?

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.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don't know how long this protection will last.

Will the vaccine make me sick?

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.

Can I get an allergic reaction from the COVID-19 vaccine?

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone with an allergy to "any component" of the vaccine not get the vaccine.

Will there be side effects from the vaccine?

No serious side effects related to the vaccines have been reported. Common side effects that have been observed in clinical studies include fatigue, muscle soreness at the injection site and fever.

Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?

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.

How long will vaccine immunity last?

Researchers do not yet know how long immunity lasts after vaccination. That's why continuing prevention practices like wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly and social distancing will still be important.

I've heard about "herd immunity." What would it take to get the population to "herd immunity" for COVID-19?

'Herd immunity' happens when enough people have protection from a disease that it is unlikely that the disease will continue to spread. As a result, the virus won't easily spread among the community. Experts do not know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. They also do not know how long the vaccine will protect people.
Letting COVID-19 spread through communities naturally would lead to unnecessary infections, suffering and death.

If I get a COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?

Yes. You will need to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene for the foreseeable future as the vaccine gets 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.

Who gets the vaccine first?

New York State will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. New Yorkers who are more likely to be exposed to the virus, and who are more likely to become seriously ill if they get COVID-19, will be offered the vaccine first. Both the federal government and New York State have developed plans to ensure that everyone will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available, at no cost no matter where they live.

The first New Yorkers to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1 will be high-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff), nursing home residents, nursing home staff, followed by all long-term and congregate care residents and staff, EMS workers, other health care workers, coroners and medical examiners.

Will there be more than one vaccine available?

Yes. Currently, two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA, and more vaccines are expected. As of December 9, 2020, four vaccines began Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. Phase 3 trials are conducted with large numbers of people to study whether a vaccine is safe and how well it works.

Will I need more than one shot?

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

Is the vaccine free?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines will be available at no cost.

Will I be required to get a vaccine?

New York State is not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.

All information provided by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. For more information, visit the CDC COVID Vaccine webpage or the NYSDOH COVID Vaccine webpage.