COVID Vaccine Information2021-11-23T12:54:59-05:00

Curious about the vaccine?

Start with a video from Westchester Medical Center or click on the questions below to get specific answers.

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Remember, if you have unanswered questions you can always ask us directly!

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Is the vaccine safe?2021-04-13T14:38:58-04:00

For common questions about about the vaccine:

The CDC’s COVID myths and facts page provides detailed answers to common questions like, “can the vaccine give me COVID-19”, and “will the vaccine alter my DNA?”

After you get the vaccine, there is a health monitoring period

There is a 15 minute monitoring period where you will wait on site so the vaccine administrators can see if you have any allergic reactions to the shot. This monitoring period will be 30 minutes if you have any history of previous allergic reactions to vaccines.

What should you know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

  • As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
  • Only 6 women between 18-48 have been affected
  • The CDC is recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution 
  • People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
  • For the full CDC statement visit: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html

 

Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments2021-11-23T14:52:25-05:00

Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments from United Way

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is offering free Lyft rides (up to $25 each direction) to vaccine appointments for those individuals who are not receiving Medicaid assistance.

Please complete the form at the link below to receive your code to receive a free ride (up to $25) to and from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

 

Free ParaTransit Transportation for Seniors and Constituents with Disabilities

Westchester County Executive Latimer is offering senior and disabled constituents, who are not registered with ParaTransit, free transportation to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Call ParaTransit reservations at (914) 995-7272, 24 hours prior to your vaccination date to schedule your ride. For additional questions, please email Evan Letainer, Director of the Office for People with Disabilities at ehl2@westchestergov.com.

 

(updated 11/15/21)

Pop-up Vaccination Site at the Yonkers Public Library2021-11-23T14:50:28-05:00

The Will branch of the Yonkers Public Library will be hosting another series of pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, but this time we will be inside the building.  The first event will take place this Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The vaccinations are free and there is no appointment or registration necessary — walk-ins are welcome!  Because it is the Pfizer vaccine, which requires 2 shots, each event will have 2 sessions, BUT they will also be administering booster shots to those who are eligible.  Scheduled dates are:

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (12 PM to 7 PM)

Thursday, December 9, 2021 (12 PM to 7 PM)
Navigators from the New York State of Health will also be available to review vaccine options, health insurance marketplace plans, and the use of American Rescue Plan tax credits to defray the cost of health insurance premiums.

Address: 1500 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

(updated 11/15/21)
Vaccination Clinics for ages children & teens2021-11-23T14:49:44-05:00

First Dose Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for ages 5 – 11
The Westchester County Department of Health is currently partnering with school districts to host vaccine clinics for students at their schools. When public clinics through the Health Department become available for this age group, the information will be posted here. In the meantime, please use the Vaccine Finder tool to locate community vaccine clinics in your area where your child can be vaccinated.

“Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate” Vaccine Incentive Program for 5 – 11 Year Olds
Parents and Guardians of 5 to11 year olds who receive their first vaccine dose by December 19 can enter into a random drawing for a chance to win a SUNY or CUNY full scholarship for their child.

Walk-in Clinics for ages 12 and Up

  • Every Friday from 10 am to 1 pm at 134 Court Street, White Plains
  • Every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm, 20 S. Broadway, Yonkers

First Dose Community Pop-up Clinics for Ages 12 and Up

(updated 11/15/21)

What if I lose my vaccination card?2021-11-23T14:49:22-05:00

Vaccination Card Replacement

  • If you received your vaccine at a Westchester County Department of Health vaccination clinic (Westchester Community College or 134 Court Street), contact the County Health Department by email at DOH-RegSupport@westchestergov.com.
  • If you received your vaccine at a vaccine clinic in New York City, call 347-396-2400. If you have IDNYC, you can also create a MyRecord account to obtain a copy of your card.
  • If you were vaccinated anywhere else in New York State, call NYSIIS hotline at 518-473-2839.

Excelsior Pass
If you were vaccinated in New York State, Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

(updated 11/15/21)

Where do I sign up for a vaccine appointment?2021-08-02T14:00:43-04:00

The Westchester County Department of Health has walk-in vaccination clinics in White Plains and Yonkers.

  • The White Plains Clinic, located at 134 Court Street, is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Yonkers Clinic, located at 20 S. Broadway, is open Mondays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information visit https://health.westchestergov.com.

Back-to-School Vaccines

The Westchester County Department of Health is offering free back-to-school vaccines. Families can make appointments in Yonkers on Mondays and Thursdays through August 30 and White Plains on Fridays through August 27. For more information call (914) 995-5800.

IMPORTANT – Talk to your provider:

Your provider, medical group, and insurance plan may have internal information about the availability of vaccines. It is always worth giving them a call to see if they can help you find an appointment.

Assistance for Seniors:

Homebound seniors can make appointments through the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services by calling (914) 813-6300.

Vaccine Finder Website:

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You. Use Vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

Vaccines.gov phone number: Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489)

Scheduling by Phone:

    1. Call the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-697-4829 (the hotline is open from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week).
    2. They will ask you some questions to confirm you are eligible for the vaccine.
    3. They will then work with you to schedule an appointment.

Online Scheduling:

    1. Visit the eligibility tool at: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
      Note: Do NOT use Internet Explorer
    2. Fill in your eligibility information
    3. If you are eligible, you will be able to set up an appointment at a nearby location
    4. SAVE YOUR APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
    5. Fill out the vaccination form before your appointment: forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine

To find availability by specific pharmacies in Westchester:

To receive emails about vaccine availability:

Westchester Medical Center maintains an interactive map that shows where people have recently been able to get vaccines:

Can I get a vaccine in my own home?2021-05-21T12:05:09-04:00

As of right now, there are few in-home vaccination service.

You can ask your health plan, health care provider, or medical group.

Some plans, providers, and medical groups may be able to help you schedule an in-home vaccination, but there is no official information about availability or eligibility.

Alternatively, you can check with Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester through their website or helpline (914-682-1480) to see if they can help you with in-home vaccination.

Some towns and cities (Yonkers, Mt. Vernon) are doing in-home vaccination on a building-by-building basis.

These services are limited, and the main way to find out about them is to call the NY State COVID-19 vaccine hotline.


    1. Call the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-697-4829 (the hotline is open from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week).
    2. They will ask you some questions to confirm you are eligible for the vaccine.
    3. They will then work with you to schedule an appointment.



REGISTER NOW FOR HOMEBOUND SENIOR VACCINATIONS

  • CURRENTLY REGISTERING 60+, HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS IN 10701,10710,10707,10708
  • FOR ASSISTANCE CONTACT:
    • YONKERS NNORC • 914 391-1323
    • YONKERS OFFICE FOR THE AGING • 914 377-6823

VIEW VIDEO ON HOW TO REGISTER HERE:

https://p-kefwrw3.b1.n0.cdn.getcloudapp.com/items/yAu6ZZYp/794c16e9-1010-4ea8-9e83-5d30c1be0a5d.mp4

TO REGISTER, VISIT:

https://ro.co/covidvaccinedrive/39b75fd3022448e13c891a6c712dd9ac/

***AN EMAIL IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER***

Clients will need ID with Proof of Birthdate.

No insurance, financial or other personal information will be asked.

A healthcare professional vaccinator will be scheduled to come to the home. They are currently using Moderna. The second appointment will be scheduled by the vaccinator.

COVID-19 Booster Shots2021-11-23T14:50:56-05:00

Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Can Get Booster Shots

  • People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
  • People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. 

Who is eligible for a Booster Shot?

 

Visit the CDC page about Booster Shots for more information.

 

Where to get a Booster Shot:

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Clinics
The Westchester County Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.

Booster Clinics

The Westchester County Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics for eligible individuals, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at 134 Court Street in White Plains.
Schedule a Pfizer Booster Shot
Schedule a Moderna Booster Shot
Schedule a Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

(updated 11/15/21)

 

What should I bring to my appointment?2021-02-24T11:32:55-05:00

Everyone should bring:

    1. ID, which can be any of the following
      • Driver’s license or non-driver ID;
      • Birth certificate issued by a state or local government;
      • Current U.S passport or valid foreign passport;
      • Permanent resident card;
      • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship;
      • Life insurance policy with birthdate; or
      • Marriage certificate with birthdate.
    2. Appointment confirmation
    3. A copy of the COVID-19 form (https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine)

First responders and eligible groups under age 65 should also bring:

    1. Proof of eligibility for vaccine
    2. Proof of employment status, which can be:
      • Employee ID card or badge
      • A letter from an employer or affiliated organization
      • A pay stub

For children under 18

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian that can consent to the vaccine on their behalf.

What about vaccines for homebound and people with disabilities?2021-11-15T14:39:39-05:00

Westchester Institute for Human Development is scheduling individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Sign up to be notified when scheduling is available via: https://covidvaccine.wihd.org/

Questions? Call the WIHD COVID-19 Hotline at 914-849-0522 or email vaccine@wihd.org

 

Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments from United Way

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is offering free Lyft rides (up to $25 each direction) to vaccine appointments for those individuals who are not receiving Medicaid assistance.

Please complete the form at the link below to receive your code to receive a free ride (up to $25) to and from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

 

Yonkers Office for the Aging Yonkers and Yonkers  NNORC and are registering seniors for IN Home Vaccinations.

Target group: 60+, Homebound residents in zip codes 10701, 10710, 10707, and 10708.

For assistance, call the Yonkers NNORC at 914-391-1323 or the Yonkers Office for the Aging at 914-377-6823.

To register yourself, visit: https://ro.co/covidvaccinedrive/39b75fd3022448e13c891a6c712dd9ac/

 

Free ParaTransit Transportation for Seniors and Constituents with Disabilities

Westchester County Executive Latimer is offering senior and disabled constituents, who are not registered with ParaTransit, free transportation to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Call ParaTransit reservations at (914) 995-7272, 24 hours prior to your vaccination date to schedule your ride. For additional questions, please email Evan Letainer, Director of the Office for People with Disabilities at ehl2@westchestergov.com.

Should I get the vaccine if I have existing health conditions?2021-02-22T16:04:36-05:00

Before getting your vaccine, talk to your doctor if you have…

  • Contracted COVID in the past 90 days
  • Received other vaccines within the past 2 weeks
  • Any autoimmune illnesses, or medications that suppress your immune system
  • A history of allergic reactions to vaccines
Where can I get help finding a vaccine appointment?2021-11-23T14:51:46-05:00

Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS)

DSPS General Helpline: (914) 813-6300

DSPS staff are available Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, but this helpline receive a lot of traffic and it may take a while to receive a call back.

Greenburgh Vaccine Angels

Email Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner (pfeiner@greenburghny.com) or Krista Madsen (kmadsen@greenburghny.com)

Rye Brook Senior Center

Volunteers can help Rye Brook seniors make appointments. Seniors who need assistance setting up appointments can call (914) 813-6300.

Senior Dial-A-Ride Transportation: Reliable door-to-door transportation is available for FREE for Rye Brook Senior residents. Must call (914) 939-7904 to make a reservation. We need 24 hours advance notice.

Facebook groups

Helping Westchester County (NY) Get Vaccinated (COVID-19) is a private group that you can join to find information, updates, and sometimes assistance in getting a vaccine appointment. Note that this group is a public forum and information you find should always be confirmed through a second source.

(updated 11/23/21)

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