Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free
Everyone age 12 and over in New York State is eligible to receive the vaccine. All 12- to 17-year-old New Yorkers who get vaccinated can have their name entered into a random drawing for a full 4-year scholarship to any SUNY or CUNY school!
Anyone can get tested for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms. Testing information is available here.
Updated Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
COVID-19 is a serious disease, which can affect our entire body and result in serious health consequences, including death. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, free, and the best way to prevent these outcomes and regain a level of normalcy in our lives. Effective Wednesday, May 19, New York State has adopted the new CDC guidance which no longer requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings. Until more people are vaccinated, masks and distancing are still required in schools, public transportation, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings in New York State. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks in all public settings, and businesses and workplaces can still require masks and distancing regardless of vaccination status.
The virus is still with us, and while we are making progress, we need to protect those who are immunocompromised or cannot get the vaccine:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are sick, stay home and get tested.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wear a mask face mask and physically distance when required.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are eligible, get vaccinated!
Watch for Symptoms
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor and have questions, symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call Upstate University Hospital’s Triage Line at 315.464.3979. If you are older, have severe underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early, even if your illness is mild.
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, call 911 and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
COVID Alert NY
Now you can use your phone to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and you can receive exposure alert notifications without compromising your privacy or personal information. COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others. Download the app today.