• This page is up-to-date as of 10 a.m. Jan. 20th.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Information

    People in Phase 1A and segments of 1B are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  These phases include healthcare workers, people 65+, teachers, childcare providers, grocery store staff, corrections, first responders, and many others.
      A complete list is provided at the bottom of the page.

    At this time, people under 65 with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness of COVID-19 are NOT ELIGIBLE for vaccination.  New York State has not yet provided guidance defining who will be eligible and what proof will be required.

    COVID-19 SECOND DOSE VACCINATIONS begin at Rome Memorial Hospital Wednesday, January 20th.  The hospital has received its shipment of Moderna vaccine for people due for their second dose.  The second dose of Moderna is administered 28 days after the first injection.

    It is very important to keep your appointment for the second dose because a specific number of vaccinations are allocated each day to match the number of first dose shots. 

    Once a vile is opened, it expires after 6 hours and extra doses can't be refrozen.  If you don't show up, your dose may go to waste, if we are unable to find an acceptable substitute within the eligible vaccination window to take your place.  In addition, your second dose would be delayed until we had an extra dose from someone else that canceled.

    • Complete the required New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form prior to your appointment at: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine 
    • Wear a short sleeve shirt and a jacket that is easy to remove.
    • Please park in Lots 1 or 2 accessible via Oak Street, and enter through the Dorothy G. Griffin Cardiovascular entrance. 

    COVID-19 FIRST DOSE APPOINTMENTS are NOT AVAILABLE at Rome Memorial Hospital.  Due to limited vaccine supplies nationally, hospitals were not allocated additional vaccine for first dose immunizations this week.   

    New York State opened a state-operated mass vaccination site at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica.  Appointments were offered through April.  However,  the site was showing no availability at https://apps4.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=5050345.  You can check back to see if there are cancellations.

    Oneida County has vaccination sites at Griffiss in Rome and at MVCC in Utica. Because vaccine shipments are not guaranteed, the county is opening its appointments day-by-day as vaccine becomes available to avoid the challenges of having to cancel appointments if they do not receive an allocation from the state. The county expected to be out of vaccine by January 21st, unless it received additional vaccine. Check availability at ocgov.net.

    Pharmacies are expected to begin offering vaccines to people age 65 and over as part of the "retail network." We encourage you to go to your local pharmacy websites and sign-up for their e-mail and/or text alerts so you are notified when and if they begin offering appointments.

    Other Hospitals in the region will schedule appointments as they receive additional vaccine.  Links for other hospitals in the 6-county region can be found at:  https://www.mvhealthsystem.org/vaccine-network.

    We encourage you to use the New York State
    Am I Eligible? App to verify your eligibility and find vaccination locations near you where you can schedule an appointment, or call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829. 

    Moderna Vaccine Information and Common Questions.
    Please click here for information about the vaccine.

    New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline
    1-833-NYS-4-VAX           1-833-697-4829

    Trained staff will have the latest information on POD vaccination clinics in our region and eligibility.  In addition, they will be able to help you register for an appointment by phone if you don't have access to a computer and answer your questions.  

    Am I Eligible?  

    The best way to check your eligibility is to go to the state’s website at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and complete the screening form. As the state expands groups, this site will have the most up to date information.

    Priority Groups Now Eligible to be Vaccinated

    New Eligible Priority Groups for Week 5:

    Age 65 and older 

    First Responder or Support Staff for First Responder Agency
    -State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    -Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

    Police and Investigations
    -State Police, including Troopers
    -State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
    -SUNY Police
    -Sheriffs' Offices
    -County Police Departments and Police Districts
    -City, Town, and Village Police Departments
    -Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
    -State Field Investigations, including DMV, SCOC, Justice Center, DFS, IG, Tax, OCFS, SLA

    Public Safety Communications
    -Emergency Communication and PSAP Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians

    Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
    -Court Officer
    -Other Police or Peace Officer
    -Support or Civilian Staff for Any of the Above Services, Agencies, or Facilities

    -State DOCCS Personnel, including correction and parole officers
    -Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
    -Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
    -State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    -Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

    P-12 Schools
    -P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
    -Contractor working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
    -Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group childcare

    In-Person College Faculty and Instructors

    Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Group Childcare Settings
    -Licensed, Registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Provider

    Public Transit
    -Airline and airport employee
    -Passenger railroad employee
    -Subway and mass transit employee (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
    -Ferry employee
    -Port Authority employee
    -Public bus employee

    Public Facing Grocery Store Workers

    Homeless Shelter
    -Individual living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household.

    -Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents.

    Priority Groups Continuing to Be Eligible:

    Healthcare Workers
    -High-risk hospital and FQHC staff, including OMH psychiatric centers.
    -Health care or other high-risk essential staff who come into contact with residents/patients
    working in LTCFs and long-term, congregate settings overseen by OPWDD, OMH, OCFS and
    OASAS, and residents in congregate living situations, run by the OPWDD, OMH, OCFS and
    -Staff of urgent care provider.
    -Staff who administer COVID-19 vaccine.

    All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care, or other staff in a position in which they have direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff),
    -This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who work in private medical practices; hospital-affiliated medical practices; public health clinics; specialty medical practices of all types; dental practices of all types; dialysis workers; diagnostic and treatment centers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; phlebotomists and blood workers; behavioral health workers; midwives and doulas; and student health workers.

    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.

    Certified NYS EMS provider, including but not limited to Certified First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician – Critical Care, Paramedic, Ambulance Emergency Vehicle Operator, or Non-Certified Ambulance Assistant.

    County Coroner or Medical Examiner, or employer or contractor thereof who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids.

    Licensed funeral director, or owner, operator, employee, or contractor of a funeral firm licensed and registered in New York State, who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids.

    Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers.

    Staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and adult care facilities.

    Sign up for Updates

    Now you can sign up for e-mail updates from New York State to stay informed about the next phase at https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates.