COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free
Make an appointment at an Onondaga County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic HERE.
Everyone age 12 and over in New York State is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine! The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals age 12 and older (beginning Thursday, May 13) while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for ages 18 and up. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. You do not need to have insurance to get the vaccine.
For information about the vaccine, safety, clinics, FAQs, and more:
• Visit the NYS COVID-19 vaccine website,
• Call the NYS Vaccination Hotline, 1.833.NYS.4VAX (1.833.697.4829).
• Call the Upstate COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 315.464.3979 (option #2)
• Email your questions to CovidVaccineInfo@Upstate.edu.
Where Can I Make an Appointment?
Use the NEW COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, or:
• For appointments at Onondaga County clinics including the Oncenter, go HERE
• For walk-ins and appointments at pharmacies, go HERE
• For appointments at the NYS Clinics including the Fairgrounds, go HERE or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1.833.NYS.4VAX (1.833.697.4829).
Onondaga County Clinic Details:
- Make an appointment HERE.
Appointments are required, no walk-ins. If there are no times available, please check back. Appointment times are added once the vaccine supply is confirmed each week. This assures there is enough vaccine for the number of appointments scheduled and prevents cancellations due to inadequate supply.
- Complete the screening and consent form.
Print and complete the form in the confirmation email you receive once your appointment is made.
- Provide proof of age upon arrival at the clinic.
Please note that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
- Bring your insurance card with you to the clinic. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you, and you do not need to have insurance to get the vaccine.
After receiving your vaccine, please register for v-safe, a smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins so you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects or report side effects through the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Will I need a second dose?
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines both require a second dose. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
Your second dose must be the same vaccine as your first dose, they are not interchangeable. The second dose must be administered 21 days (Pfizer vaccine) or 28 days (Moderna vaccine) after the first dose. Those who receive the vaccine must return to the same location to receive the second dose unless NYSDOH approves an alternative due to extenuating circumstances.
If you received the first dose from an Onondaga County clinic you will be auto-scheduled for your second dose appointment. It will be at the same time as your first dose appointment on the date indicated on your vaccination card. You will be receiving a reminder email before your appointment with all the details. PLEASE NOTE: You must bring the vaccine card proving you received the first dose with you to your appointment.
How soon will I be protected?
It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines may not protect you until about 2 weeks after your second shot. With the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for your body to build protection.