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COVID-19 Vaccine at CCP
Last Updated: 4/15/2021
Vaccine Appointments Available – visit this CCP News page to see all the vaccine providers that have vaccine available as of April 14, 2021. You can also use the resources below to schedule. Appointments are available!
Universal eligibility went into effect April 6, 2021. New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. View the full list of eligible groups on the New York State Department of Health website here.
This is where you can schedule a vaccine appointment:
- Visit CapitalRegionVAX.org - this is the Capital Region Vaccine Network website and has the latest information about vaccine locations and scheduling. As more vaccine locations are established, this site is updated, accordingly.
- "Am I Eligible" website on the New York State Department of Health website (https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/). This site will link you to state and federal-run centers.
- The state vaccination hotline - call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
- vaccinefinder.org (https://vaccinefinder.org/) - The site allows you to search for a vaccine provider (primarily pharmacies like Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Hannaford, Price Chopper, etc.) by zip code and by manufacturer.
- Eligible individuals can also pre-register for vaccine via this link: https://www.518c19.com/. Community partners who have available vaccine will use this pre-registration list as a source of those to contact for vaccine.
You’ll need to check these sites often. As more vaccine providers are established and supply is received, appointments will open up. We encourage you to get vaccinated once eligible and take any appointment that becomes available. Go with the sure thing. Get the appointment wherever, whenever you can.
For more information on the three authorized vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html. Please note that at this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is indicated for those as young as 16. All three of the vaccines are indicated for adults 18 years of age or older.
If you’ve received your COVID-19 vaccine and you have a CCP primary care provider, please bring your CDC vaccine card to your next appointment so we can document it in your patient record.
Even with universal vaccine eligibility in NY, we must stay the course and continue to follow CDC and DOH guidelines on masking, social distancing, and hand washing. We’re close to conquering Covid-19, and we don’t want a resurgence.
Vaccine Supply at CCP
While CCP has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine provider, we currently do not have vaccine. We know there has been much anxiety and frustration surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. We understand and share these sentiments. The best we at CCP can do is be transparent about what we know and what we don’t know. We want to keep you informed as to where we stand with vaccine at CCP.
Vaccines are ordered and distributed in small batches. We have administered vaccine to our 1a population of employees who would accept it with supply that was redistributed to us from a local hospital. However, right now, we do not have vaccine to distribute to our patients. There are no guarantees we will receive vaccine supply in the near future.
As such, if you are eligible, you must get your vaccine elsewhere, at least for now. Do not wait for your vaccine at CCP. If/when we receive vaccine, we will let you know.
- Please do not call your doctors’ offices to schedule your vaccine. We don't have a wait list. Your doctors will not be scheduling or vaccinating you as of now because of the stringent and extensive requirements for storage and reporting.
- If you have an upcoming appointment at one of our offices, do not expect to receive the COVID vaccine at that time, even if you are in an eligible group. This vaccine is not like the flu or shingles vaccine. Once vaccine is received, we are only authorized to administer the COVID vaccine in our approved regional vaccination distribution centers.
- A few months ago, we mentioned distributing a survey to patients to help assign you to the appropriate vaccine priority group. In the interim, NYS Department of Health has defined the priority groupings that all vaccine providers must follow, so this survey is no longer necessary.
- If/when we do get supply, we must ensure distribution is equitable. We will randomly select a number of eligible patients and send these patients an email, text, or robocall informing you that you can now schedule your vaccine at CCP with instructions how to schedule. We will roll this out in batches, not to all eligible patients at once, so we do not crash our web and phone systems potentially causing further frustrations as we’ve seen occur already in the community.
- We cannot set up a schedule until we are certain we will receive vaccine supply.
- Again, we have no concrete timeline. This is entirely dependent on when/if we receive the vaccine.
Limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine are available for New York’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The amount of vaccine the state receives is based upon the allocation made to New York by the federal government. The NYSDOH continues to expand on its prioritization and allocation framework based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Thank you all for heeding our guidance. Patience, while difficult, is necessary. You’ve heard it before; this is a marathon, not a sprint. It will take some time to vaccinate all those who will accept it. The best we can do is be patient, be vigilant with checking the above resources for appointments, and be safe by following the universal precautions of handwashing, social distancing, and mask-wearing even after you get vaccinated, whenever possible.
We will keep you updated directly using email communications through our secure Solution Reach platform, on our website www.communitycare.com/COVID and on Community Care Physicians’ Facebook page as to when the vaccine is available. We will let you know when it’s time for you to schedule your vaccine appointment at CCP.
General Vaccine Information
CCP has 5 vaccination centers approved across the area to vaccinate patients and employees in a centralized manner. We've centralized this process, rather than distributing vaccine at all our offices, due to the stringent requirements for vaccine distribution and reporting. The timeline for opening these centers will be determined based on many of the factors below.
Below is the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State (NYS):
- NYS has convened a group of experts to review the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines that are and will be coming available in the US.
- A priority matrix and phased approach to administering the vaccine to our community has been outlined by NYS. CCP will be using this guidance and applying it across our patient population. See all 5 prioritization groups here.
- CCP has been preparing for the vaccine for a while now. We have been approved by the NYS COVID Vaccine Administration Program to receive and distribute vaccines at the 5 vaccine locations we have planned across the area. These vaccine centers will be in our Health Parks in Latham, Delmar, Clifton Park, Niskayuna, and North Greenbush, NY.
- We will order and distribute vaccine based on availability and supply made available, again following the NYS DOH’s prioritization schedule.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccine technology is new but not unknown. It’s been studied for more than a decade. New York State released a video explaining how mRNA vaccines work to safely protect individuals from COVID-19. Three key things to know: They do not affect your own genetic material or DNA in any way; they do not contain the actual COVID-19 virus; and they cannot give you COVID.
These vaccines have been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness after the second dose. There are no preservatives in these vaccines. Some side effects have been reported, but these are a normal part of the body’s reaction to the vaccine and developing antibodies to protect against COVID-19 illness. There is a remote chance of severe allergic reaction that, if it occurs, would most likely occur within 30 minutes of getting the vaccine. Therefore, we will monitor you for 15 to 30 minutes after immunization.
The CDC’s v-safe smart-phone monitoring program will also be available to vaccine recipients to report adverse reactions and for electronic health check-ins after the vaccination. If you choose to get the vaccine, you will get a vaccination card to show you when to return for your second dose of the vaccine. CCP reports your vaccination information to our state/local immunization information system to make sure you get the same vaccine when you return for the second dose from the same vaccine provider.
You can use the below links to read about the authorized vaccines.
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