How does vaccination work, and when can I expect to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccination is an evolving process which will take time to implement.  There are regular guidance updates coming from New York State Department of Health, as well as a lag in vaccine supply from the federal government.  State and local provider vaccination programs are still under development.  Is is hard at this point to predict specific timeframes for vaccination.

Currently, Ulster County has the capacity between our two County-led PODs (points of dispensing) to vaccinate up to 50,000 people a month – but nowhere near enough vaccine supply to do so. We will continue to work with state and federal representatives to increase our number of vaccines as quickly as possible.

With the limited vaccination supply that we do have, here is where people that are eligible can receive a vaccine.

  • For those in Phase 1A (Healthcare Workers), your primary point of contact to be vaccinated is your employer.
  • For those in Phase 1B (First Responders & Essential Workers), your primary point of contact to be vaccinated is the Ulster County Health Department. Please register for updates using our Vaccination Notification Form, and as more doses become available you will be notified with a link to schedule an appointment.
  • For Seniors (65+), reach out directly to the pharmacies in Ulster County (click here for a list) to get on their notification forms and waiting lists, so you can schedule appointments as they become available. In addition, you can access the NY State website to attempt to schedule an appointment at State-run sites (the nearest State-run sites are in Albany or Westchester) by clicking here.

We are looking forward to when the supply meets the demand and we can open additional sites. With the recent positive news regarding both the Johnson & Johnson and the AstraZeneca vaccine, we are hopeful that supply will increase in the near future. We ask for your continued patience and remind you to continue to look for information here on our Vaccine Resource Center as well as on our social media channels.