The New York State Vaccination Program prioritizes the distribution of the vaccine by population risk and essential worker phases. We are currently in Phase 1a and 1b of the New York State distribution plan.
Phase 1a and 1b includes:
- Residents over 65
- Medical workers
- First responders
For a full listing of the current eligible categories click here*. More individuals will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.
Where Can I Make an Appointment?
Appointments are required to receive a vaccine. You can make an appointment by calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)*.
You can also determine eligibility and make an appointment at NYS-operated vaccine distribution sites by using the “Am I Eligible” tool*.
For seniors and those without internet access, you can also call 315-798-5439 7 days a week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Oneida County Health Department-Operated Vaccine Points of Dispensing (POD)
Oneida County Health Department-operated PODs are NOT open to the general public and are by appointment only. If you are a member of Phase 1a or 1b and are currently eligible to receive the vaccine:
- Register for your first dose here.
We continue to add appointment times only when we receive confirmation of our vaccine supply. This assures that we have enough vaccine for the number of appointments scheduled and prevents cancellations due to inadequate vaccine supply. If there are no appointment times available when you register, please check back. We are unable to maintain a waiting list.
- Complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form* attesting to your eligibility status. This form can be completed online and you will receive a submission ID. Please bring this submission ID with you to the vaccine site.
- Provide proof of eligibility upon arrival at the POD.
Any person arriving for vaccination who does not have proof of their occupation or priority status will not be vaccinated. This can include government-issued ID proving age (65 or over), an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. Alternatively, employers or organizations can provide a list of staff who meet the criteria for vaccination.
The COVID-19 vaccine requires a second dose. If you received the first dose from an Oneida County Health Department-operated POD, you will be registered for your second dose at the time of your first dose.
For more information on private vaccine distribution sites*:
For information about the vaccine, safety, distribution priorities, clinics, FAQs, and more, visit the NYS COVID-19 vaccine website*.
For more information about the vaccination process please call the NYS Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)*.
Other helpful vaccination information links:
*Please note, New York State’s websites and the pharmacy websites periodically crash due to heavy volume. The New York State hotline also experiences outages for the same reason.