Cortland County Health Department Preparing to Administer First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine

Press release from the Cortland County Health Department. 

The Cortland County Health Department is pleased to be able to support New York State with their vaccination plan and will begin vaccinating specific individuals that have been deemed eligible for vaccination under current New York State Department of Health guidelines.

Beginning Tuesday January 12th from 3-7 PM Cortland County Health Department Nurses will administer the vaccine at the Cortland County Office Building.

Currently New York State is in Phase 1a of the vaccination program. Those currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • High-risk hospital and Federally Qualified Health Center staff
  • Primary Medical Care providers
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel
  • Medical Examiners and Coroners
  • Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids
  • Agency staff and residents in congregate living situations run by New York State
  • Dentists
  • School Nurses
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front line, high risk health care providers who provide direct in- person patient care or other staff in a position where they have direct contact with patients, such as receptionists, of any age. This will include but is not limited to hospital and community based ambulatory care, primary care, outpatient behavioral health services, phlebotomists, physical and occupational therapists, and specialty clinics including dialysis centers.
  • Patient care or other staff in a position where they have direct contact with patients
  • All front line, high risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients.
  • Health care workers at testing sites.

It is important to note that these are NOT public vaccination clinics. These clinics are only open to those considered to be part of Phase 1a by New York State.

If you are a member of Phase 1a (listed above), you are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, if you are pregnant and want to receive the vaccine please consult with your physician prior to making an appointment. If you would like to book an appointment for one of our vaccination clinics, please go to: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=3121

If you have any questions, please call (607) 756-3415.

Bring proof of eligibility for vaccination. Any person arriving for vaccination who does not have proof of their occupation or priority status will not be vaccinated

The Cortland County Health Department is required to verify that those receiving a vaccine at this time meet the state guidelines for eligibility, and it will be important to bring proof of working as a healthcare staff member or in a prioritized profession to the vaccination site. This could include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. Alternatively, employers or organizations can provide a list of staff who meet the criteria for vaccination.

Please remember that the COVID-19 vaccine is a two shot series. You will need to get a second shot 28 days after your first one, of the same brand of vaccine. Individuals will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment for the second dose at the time of their first vaccination.