COVID 19

Review the updates below before scheduling your appointment, including important information about cost, payment, billing and insurance 

 

Where can I get a COVID vaccine?

COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, Health Centers, Clinics and local health departments (like us!) across the state.

Find a vaccine appointment near you by clicking https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

* Our Department serves as a safety net provider.  This means, if you can’t get an appointment at your regular healthcare provider, health center or local pharmacy, we can serve you. 

**For appointments call 518-873-3500

**We are offering COVID vaccine only.

**Know our billing and payment options before you schedule.  

***If you do not have insurance or an insurance that covers the COVID vaccine, we can serve you! 

***If you have one of these insurances we can bill your insurance company and we can serve you at no cost to you at the time of your appointment:

 ****Medicare               ****Medicaid                ****Fidelis               ****Excellus BC/BS               ****CDPHP           ****MVP Healthcare

***If you do not have one of these insurances above, we cannot successfully bill your insurance.  Unfortunately, this includes Empire, CDPHP, United Healthcare, Health Now, MVP and other insurances. We require payment at the time of your appointment and will give you a receipt documenting that you received the vaccine and the amount you paid.  You must then submit that receipt to your insurance company to request reimbursement. 

What's New for 2023 - 2024?

All individuals 6 months of age and older are eligible to receive the updated COVID vaccine.  

2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines

As of September 12, 2023, the 2023–2024 updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were recommended by CDC for use in the United States.

What's updated?

The 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines will be better at fighting currently circulating variants and restore protection against severe COVID-19 that may have decreased over time. 

FDA update

Novavax’s updated COVID-19 vaccine is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization (EUA) in individuals aged 12 and older.

FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available here: PfizerModernaNovavax.

Are COVID vaccines still free?

*COVID vaccines are now available commercially.  This means COVID-19 vaccines are no longer being distributed by the United States Government for free.  Rather they are available for purchase directly from manufacturers or distributors.

**What this means for individuals is that whoever gives you the COVID vaccine will bill your insurance company – whether public (such as Medicare or Medicaid) or private (such as Excellus, Empire, CDPHO, and others).

 **If you don’t have any insurance or an insurance that covers the vaccine or other barrier to billing, there are programs to ensure access to the COVID vaccine.  This includes the Vaccine for Children Program (for those 6 months – 18 years of age) and the Bridge Access program for those ages 18+.

What Has Not Changed?

  • COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying.

  • As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are best protected from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations.

    COVID-19 vaccines recommended for use in the United States:

    • Pfizer-BioNTech
    • Moderna
    • Novavax

When Are You Up To Date?

Everyone aged 5 years and older

You are up to date when you get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged 6 months—4 years

You are up to date when you get all recommended doses, including at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged 6 months—5 years who got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

You are up to date when you get 2 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses, including at least 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Getting Vaccines If You Recently Had COVID-19

If you recently had COVID-19, you still need to stay up to date with your vaccines, but you may consider delaying your vaccine by 3 months.

Reinfection is less likely in the weeks to months after infection. However, certain factors could be reasons to get a vaccine sooner rather than later, such as: