TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Everyone over 16 years old in New York State is now eligible to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as the state continues to race against coronavirus variants and administer as many vaccinations as possible. They may not necessarily prevent you from getting the illness, but they’ve shown to be abundantly effective at improving outcomes for those who do get it and even appear to lessen transmission rates.

For full clarity: it now does not matter if you do or don’t have a comorbidity, what your occupation is, what kind of facility you live in, or anything besides your age. As long as you were born before April 6, 2005, you are eligible to sign up to schedule and receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

For those born after that date, stay tuned. Here are as many vaccine resources as we could find this morning, and please feel free to e-mail us with any others that you have found useful.

Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry – https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccineform

The Tompkins County Health Department has been pushing the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry for months now, as it notifies eligible populations when appointments are available for the local Tompkins County mass vaccination clinic at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Through the registry, the health department will also randomly select groups to be scheduled for appointments. This, and paying attention to local media, is the best way to find out if there are open slots available and how many vaccine doses have been allotted locally for the week. That allocation can sometimes determine what populations are prioritized and who will be able to get a vaccine at the Ithaca Mall site that week.

Information about free transportation and vaccine safety is also available at the county health department site or by calling 2-1-1.

New York State vaccination site scheduling – https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

You might as well bookmark this site, as it’s certainly the largest hub of information. It’s gotten more stable, but can still be a tad unpredictable and wonky to use, so have some patience before you start the process. As of 11:30 a.m. on April 6, there are some open appointments available at SUNY Binghamton but not at the State Fairgrounds. Notably, it also says that the State Fairgrounds is now using the J&J single shot vaccine instead of Pfizer or Moderna’s double shot.

Those are the two closest sites to Tompkins County, but there are plenty more around the state if you want to cast a wider net.

Wegman’s Vaccine Scheduler – https://www.wegmans.com/covid-vaccine-registration/

Wegman’s is only approved to give vaccines for people who are 18 years or older, so a small portion of the eligible group will not be able to receive their vaccination there.

Kinney Drugs – https://secure.kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/covid-19/vaccination-scheduling/

Kinney has long been one of the main purveyors of the vaccine locally, with their two Ithaca locations. While it started out as just for seniors, it has gradually been approved for further application as eligibility has expanded. Yet, like Wegman’s, their supply is only approved for people who are 18 years or older.

Other Resources

For those who are Twitter users, Jon Campbell of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is organizing a Twitter-storm right now of people who are looking for vaccinations and need some help from other Twitter users. You can check his timeline or the replies to the below tweet for more help.

While a much more surface-level look, in that some crucial information isn’t readily available without a few clicks, GoodRx.com touts a list of nearby vaccine locations, including scheduling at places like the WalMart pharmacy (appointments here), Walgreen’s (appointments here), CVS (appointments here), etc.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com