TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department and Cayuga Health System is holding four COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the next six days as the county continues to push towards herd immunity.

Anyone over 16 years old is now eligible to receive the vaccination in New York, though only Pfizer has been currently approved for distribution to people between 16 years old and 18 years old. The clinics will be held at the Ithaca Mall site, on Cornell’s campus, and in Dryden and Enfield.

The listings for each of the clinics is as follows:

Cayuga Health Shops at Ithaca Mall Vaccination Clinic (40 Catherwood Dr.)

  • Wednesday, May 5, 8:15AM – 12:00PM
  • Moderna Vaccine – 18 years and older
  • Sign up for the Mall Clinic here: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup#mall
  • Walk-in appointments available 8:15AM – 12:00PM
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30AM-5:00PM for assistance registering.

Cornell Bartels Hall Vaccination Clinic (554 Campus Road)

  • Thursday , May 6, 1:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Johnson & Johnson – 18 years and older
  • Sign up for the Cornell Clinic here: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup#cornell
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30AM-5:00PM for assistance registering and for transportation options.

Dryden Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic

  • Wednesday, May 5, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North St., Dryden
  • J&J Vaccine – 18 years and older
  • Sign up for the Dryden Clinic here: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup#dryden
  • Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30AM-5:00PM for assistance registering and for transportation options.

Enfield Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic

  • Monday, May 10, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
  • Enfield Community Center, 182 Enfield Main Rd., Town of Enfield
  • J&J Vaccine – 18 years and older
  • This is a walk-in clinic, no appointment needed:    https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup#enfield
  • Call 211 for transportation options.

Otherwise, the health department is hosting another installment of its virtual COVID-19 vaccine Q&A office hours with Dr. Deirdre Blake of Cayuga Medical Center on Wednesday, May 5, from 3-4 p.m. Each virtual event is supposed to help inform and encourage community members who may be hesitant or curious about the vaccine. Registration is available at this link.

More information from the health department:

All New York State residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. TCHD continues to urge everyone who is eligible to sign up for the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. The registry has been translated into Spanish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Karen, and Burmese, with additional languages to be added. Translated registry pages are available from the main registry page.

All New York State residents must continue to bring proof of identity to vaccine appointments. For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is required to identify the minor. If you are not a New York resident, you must bring proof that you work or study in New York State. Individuals ages 16-18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine, as that vaccine has been authorized as safe and effective for this population, whereas other vaccines are in trials for people aged 18 and below.

A temporary federal and state pause of use of the J&J vaccine following extremely rare reports of adverse events was recently lifted, and previously allocated doses have been approved for use. For more information on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, visit https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccinefaq#jj-pause

For three weeks after receiving the J&J vaccine, you should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot with low platelets. Seek medical care right away if you develop one or more of these symptoms:

  • Severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site

Caregivers, family members, or friends can complete this registry on behalf of someone who does not have access to the Internet. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) during regular business hours 8:30am-5:00pm and someone can register them over the phone. If indicated in the registry, individuals who do not have computer access will be called by a staff member from 2-1-1 or the County’s Office for the Aging to register for an appointment. This registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment.

Tompkins County will continue to use the registry to communicate directly with eligible individuals when appointments are available at clinics run in partnership with Cayuga Health System. Any New York resident 16 years and older can get vaccinated at State-run sites and can find available appointments via the “Am I Eligible” tool on the State website. Some local pharmacies and doctor’s offices are also offering vaccine appointments to members of the public, though other eligibility restrictions may apply. The Tompkins County Health Department is encouraging 100% of people over 16 years old to get vaccinated when they are able.

Matt Butler

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