Currently, there are no available appointments for first dose mRNA COVID vaccinations.  We appreciate your patience as supplies are limited. Please monitor our website as this is where we will post updates. Kindly note the New York State Department of Health continues to direct hospitals to prioritize Phase 1a healthcare workers and thereafter Phase 1b  individuals who are 65 years and older (New York state residents).  

For more information and to schedule an appointment as supplies become available at other local PODs, please visit the New York State Department of Health "AM I ELIGIBLE"  app at the New York Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).   If you are eligible (scroll down for more details), you will be directed to a site that lists the NYS DOH PODs (point of distribution locations) where you can schedule a vaccination, based upon availability of supply. If you have any questions about this process, you can find additional information HERE   (If you are having difficulty accessing the AM I ELIGIBLE app, switch your browser to Google Chrome or Firefox)




Why COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Are Safe

Dr. Fred Weinbaum, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, discusses the science behind the development of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and answers questions on how they work and why they are safe.

mRNA COVID-19 vaccine video
Here are the time codes for the questions:
How did the vaccines receive Emergency Use Authorization and what does it mean? 28:12

Will I get an anaphylaxis reaction after being vaccinated? 2:16:24
What do mRNA vaccines consist of? 2:42:18
Will a mRNA vaccine change my DNA? 4:09:53
How does a Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine work? 4:30:02
What are the symptoms following each injection? 5:09:24
Will I get COVID if I am vaccinated? 5:52:20
Can the virus mutate and render the vaccine ineffective? 7:35:28
What is unknown and why would we have to wear masks following vaccination? 8:49:57
What does Herd Immunity mean? 10:07:18
Has Dr. Weinbaum been immunized? 10:45:58
Is it safe...really? 11:38:28
If I am pregnant or considering getting pregnant, should I get vaccinated? 12:26:48
If I am breastfeeding should I get vaccinated? 13:22:24
What can I do to protect myself, my family, my friends, my co-workers, and my community? 14:38:02

General Vaccine Distribution Information

You can determine if you are eligible to receive the vaccine by visiting the New York State Department of Health "AM I ELIGIBLE"  app at or the New York Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).   If you are eligible, it will also direct you to where you can receive the vaccine. If you have any other questions about this process, you can find additional information HERE   (If you are having difficulty accessing the AM I ELIGIBLE page, switch your browser to Google Chrome or Firefox)

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

And, per DOH:

Individuals Age 65 years and older