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COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free
Update: COVID vaccines are authorized for children 6 months through 5 years old.
The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
Although COVID vaccines are now authorized for children 6 months through 5 years old, it will take time for shipments to reach providers and pharmacies. Call your child’s pediatrician to ask when they may have the vaccine, and check local pharmacy websites for availability; some are offering appointments for children ages 3 and up. See which vaccines are approved or authorized for each age group here.
For information about the vaccine, safety, clinics, FAQs, and more:
- Visit the New York State (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 online COVID-19 Vaccine Finder for a pharmacy or clinic near you.
- Call your healthcare provider.
- For appointments at an Onondaga County clinic, go HERE.
- Walk-ins are welcome at the NYS Fairgrounds clinic. For hours and appointments at any NYS clinic go HERE.
- For an appointment for your 5- to 11-year-old, call your child’s doctor, their school district, local pharmacies, or go HERE.
Onondaga County Clinic Details:
- See our list of upcoming clinics HERE.
- Complete the screening and consent form.
Print and complete the form in the confirmation email you receive once your appointment is made.
- Provide identification/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.
- Bring your vaccine card with you if you have received any previous doses of the COVID-19 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).
A COVID-19 booster shot is an additional dose of vaccine to help maintain a level of immunity for longer. CDC advises people to get the same booster as their initial vaccine but allows people to “mix and match” due to availability or preference. Learn more here about boosters. Update: Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for a Pfizer booster dose at least 5 months after completing their primary series.
Second Booster Dose: As of March 29, 2022, a second booster is recommended for certain people. This second booster dose (Pfizer or Moderna vaccine only) is given at least 4 months after the first booster. Those who are eligible include:
- Adults ages 50+
- People ages 12+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
- Adults ages 18+ who received Johnson & Johnson for their first shot and booster
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• New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program
• CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
• Pfizer Vaccine
• Moderna Vaccine
• Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine