COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

 

The Ulster County COVID-19 vaccination POD (point of dispensing) at the Kate Walton Field House at Kingston High School is ADA-accessible.  Additionally, there are a limited number of wheelchairs available for public use.  There is a shuttle bus available from the Kingston High School parking lot to the entrance, as well as a number of designated handicap parking spots adjacent to the entrance.  People who need assistance navigating the POD due to different abilities may be accompanied to their appointments by a companion of their choice.

It is not necessary to let us know ahead of time when someone will be coming who has special needs, as these can be accommodated on site.

In the COVID-19 vaccine appointment confirmation email, there is a link where appointments may be cancelled, if necessary.  Please note, we have heard that it is easy to accidentally click to cancel the vaccine appointment in the confirmation email.  You should not have to click to confirm your appointment – only click to cancel.

If you accidentally or unintentionally cancel your vaccine appointment, the Recovery Service Center is not able to reset that appointment.  Please use the original link sent to you via email to schedule another appointment.  If an appointment is no longer available, and you have signed up for the County’s Vaccine Notification Request form, you will receive updates when additional appointments become available.

At the site of your first dose vaccination, you will be guided to make an appointment for your second dose.  If you are having trouble with your second dose appointment after leaving the POD, you may submit issues with second dose vaccine appointments only to the Recovery Service Center at (845) 443-8888 or via email at RSC@co.ulster.ny.us.

After you have made an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at a County-led POD (point of dispensing), you should receive an email confirmation or vaccine ID number indicating your appointment details.  A print-out of the appointment confirmation or ID number must be presented at the POD for vaccination.  A photo ID and indication of employment (if within a population which requires employment for vaccine eligibility) must be presented, as well.  Indication of employment may include an employment ID card, letter from an employer, or a pay stub, depending upon the specific priority status.

When you have received your first vaccine shot, you will be directed at the POD on how to make an appointment for your second dose.  Please note, COVID-19 vaccine doses are coupled – wherever you receive your first dose is where you will need to get your second dose.

The Ulster County POD at the Kate Walton Field House is ADA-accessible and there are a limited number of wheelchairs available for public use.

The Ulster County POD at the Kate Walton Field House is being coordinated by Ulster County’s Emergency Services and Health Department, according to the most up-to-date COVID guidelines, including capacity restrictions, social distancing, mask enforcement, etc.  The vaccine is being administered by medical professionals with operational support from trained volunteer staff.  A goal of the POD is to provide a safe and efficient vaccination experience for those who are currently eligible.

After you fill out the Vaccine Notification Request form on the County’s Vaccine Resource Center, your information will be added to a County mailing list, and you will receive email updates from the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health as to when you may be eligible to receive the vaccine and how to schedule an appointment.  If all appointments for vaccine distribution at the County-led PODs (points of dispensing) are filled, you will received subsequent emails when additional appointments become available.

The current COVID‐19 vaccines available from both Pfizer and Moderna have undergone scientifically rigorous and proven clinical trials involving diverse populations consisting of tens of thousands of volunteers. In all the trials, no serious side effects have been identified and both vaccines have met and exceeded 94% effectiveness. The Federal Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization for both vaccines and here in New York, a COVID‐19 Clinical  Advisory Task Force has conducted an independent safety review.

The latest advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people who experienced severe reactions to prior vaccines or injectable drugs can still get the two approved vaccines for COVID‐19, but should discuss the risks with their healthcare provider first and should be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving a vaccination. Please discuss your concerns and questions with your doctor before proceeding.

Please note that New York State and all of its counties are still experiencing limited supplies of vaccine. If you would like to receive notifications concerning the availability of the vaccine and to be notified if and when you are eligible, and when vaccines and appointments become available, please click here

PLEASE NOTE THAT ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE A VACCINATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WILL GET AN IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENT. GIVEN EXTREMELY LIMITED VACCINE SUPPLIES FROM OUR FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE’S NEEDS. WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS CONCERNED, BUT PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE WORK TO MOVE THROUGH THIS PROCESS AS QUICKLY AND FAIRLY AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU!

The COVID vaccine trials have excluded particularly high‐risk or vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and the immunocompromised. However, subsequent studies are already underway to determine whether the COVID-19 vaccines are effective and appropriate for these groups. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says it “recommends that COVID‐19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals”, however, it does not say that pregnant women should get it. If you are pregnant or are in one of these groups,  you should discuss this question further with your healthcare provider. Also, by the time you become eligible, more definitive information may be available to help guide your decision.

At this time, children under age 16 cannot get the vaccines. Ongoing research is taking place regarding the safety and efficacy of administering COVID-19 vaccines to children under age 16.

New York State has already administered nearly 1 million first doses of vaccine. Additional vaccine supplies are arriving weekly and new vaccine administration sights are opening every day across NYS.

However, compared to the overall demand, supplies of vaccines throughout NYS and all of its counties are limited. Currently, 7 million New Yorkers are eligible, yet all of NYS only receives an average of 300K doses, per week. Consequently,  who can become eligible to be placed into the vaccination queue is still being prioritized.  Eligibility does not mean that you will get an immediate appointment. If you would like to be notified if and when you are eligible to get vaccinated and when an appointment may be available, please click here and fill out the online information form.

This is the current, statewide priority matrix:

Phase 1A (currently in progress)

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A are:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • 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)
  • 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

This includes, but is 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
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Phase 1B (starts on Jan. 11, along with ongoing 1A)

While vaccinations for the health care sector are being completed, New York will move to Phase 1B of the distribution, which will include:

  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People 65 and older

Phase 2: All other essential workers.

Phase 3: Healthy adults and children 18 years of age and older.

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.  Please check with your doctor for further information.

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID‐19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often,  and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID‐19 vaccination and following the  CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID‐19.

“Herd immunity” is a term used to describe when enough people have protection—either from previous infection or vaccination—that it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread and cause disease. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if some people don’t have any protection themselves.

Initial estimates from the World Health Organization indicated that at least 70% of a given population would have to be vaccinated in order to achieve “herd immunity”. However, many scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have revised the initial estimate upward to the 70 to 90% range. The bottom line is that the more people who get vaccinated in a community, the greater the chances are of diminishing the spread of the disease to the point where it can be managed and no longer presents a public health crisis.

The vaccine will be provided to you free of charge. Depending on where you receive the vaccine your insurance may be charged.

Currently, New York State is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.