I got the first dose of vaccine. What do I need to know about the second dose?

Because COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling utilizes a State system, the New York State Department of Health will send frequent reminders to all individuals who have received the first dose of a vaccine about their second dose appointments.  Local vaccine providers may also send frequent reminders about second dose appointment information.  So if vaccinated at a County-led POD, you may receive many communications from the State and local health departments about the second dose of the vaccine.

While one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine does begin the body’s immune response in fighting the virus, while awaiting the second dose of the vaccine, you should continue to use all the tools available to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and social distance (stand at least 6 feet away from other people) to help lower your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.