(Updated as of 3/5/2021)
The first vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved for emergency use. Evergreen Health is part of the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine program and is following the Department of Health’s guidelines for vaccine distribution. New York State has established a phased approach to vaccine distribution, which prioritizes those at greatest risk based on occupation or other factors.
As a patient of Evergreen, here’s what you should do if you’re interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Click here or call 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and current locations they are being offered at.
- You may also sign up to receive the vaccine at other locations in the community by visiting this website.
- We are currently receiving a limited a supply of vaccines on a rotating basis. We are following NYS eligibility criteria for distribution and vaccinating our patients. If you are interested and eligible, please call us at 716-847-2441 option 7, or send us a portal message.
Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
- A person could experience short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions. The most common in the arm are pain, swelling and redness. The most common throughout the rest of the body are chills, tiredness and headache. They usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine but should go away in a few days.
- There is no increased risk for people living with HIV or other immune compromising conditions. As always, please talk to your provider if you have questions.
- The vaccine is safe for most people who have allergies to nuts, shellfish, and pollen. We will observe everyone for 15 minutes after their shot. If you have had a severe allergic reaction in the past, we will observe you for 30 minutes and are prepared to treat you if needed. The vaccine does not contain egg.
- If you’ve had COVID-19 it is recommended that you get the vaccine because we do not yet know how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Currently, the CDC is recommending you get the vaccine 90 days from the day you were diagnosed.
We will keep you updated on all vaccine related information through the website, patient portal, and on our social media channels (Facebook & Instagram). Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Fatai Gbadamosi, MD
Chief Medical Officer