October 2021 Vaccine POD Schedule:
Hon. Karen B. Johnson (Central) Library: Outside on the Corner of Clinton & Liberty streets, 12305
Department of Social Services: 797 Broadway, 12305
SUNY Schenectady: Elston Hall, 78 Washington Ave., 12305
SCAP: 913 Albany Street, 12305
City Mission: 425 Hamilton St. (Use Clinton St. Entrance), 12305
Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment needed.
*Pfizer appointments are available to anyone 12 years of age and older. Parent or Guardian consent is required either by filling out the form below, accompanying the minor to the appointment, or being available by phone at the time of the appointment.
Parent/Guardian please download and fill out the Vaccine Consent Form prior to arrival.
Mobile Vaccination Program with MVP Health Care and CDTA
A CDTA trolley will stop at predetermined locations throughout the County to bring Johnson & Johnson (1-shot for individuals 18+) and Pfizer (2-shot series for individuals 12+) COVID-19 vaccines to neighborhoods with lower vaccination rates. The schedule will be updated as new dates, times and locations become available.
July Schedule (Thursdays)
SICM and Islamic Center of Schenectady (see schedule above)
- Are You Eligible to Receive a Vaccine?
All New Yorkers 12 years of age or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 12 year of age and up.
- Additional Doses
Some New Yorkers are eligible for additional vaccine doses or booster shots. Learn more:
- Vaccine Scheduling Assistance
Eligible residents who need help scheduling an appointment can visit participating Schenectady County Public Library branches, or call (518) 299-0518 for assistance.
Hon. Karen B. Johnson (Central) Branch (99 Clinton Street, Schenectady 12305)
Monday – Friday 10am to 3pm
Bornt Branch (948 State Street, Schenectady 12307)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to 11:30am and 1pm to 4:30pm
Mont Pleasant Branch (1036 Crane Street, Schenectady 12303)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 11:30am and 1pm to 4:30pm
- Vaccine Manufacturer Information
- Additional Information
- Vaccine FAQs
Q: How do I sign up, and what do I need to bring?
A: If you qualify based on the current Phase, use the scheduling links provided and bring some proof that you qualify such as work ID, proof of employer, etc.
Q: When will the next/future phases start?
A: New York State makes this determination and local counties do not have the ability to vaccinate anyone that does not qualify for the current phase.
Q: When can I go to my doctor to receive a vaccine?
A: We anticipate that at some point, primary care and other providers will have the ability to administer vaccines in future Phases. See https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for the most current information.
Q: Can I go to the hospital for vaccination?
A: Some hospitals in the Capital Region are administering vaccinations in the current Phase as part of our regional HUB led by Albany Medical Center. Visit their website at https://www.amc.edu/capitalregionvax/ for more information about participating providers.
Q: Can I volunteer to help with vaccination efforts?
A: Yes, as part of the Medical Reserve Corps. Visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ to sign up.
Q: I heard the vaccine alters your DNA, is that true?
A: No. The CDC explains how mRNA vaccines work here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html but to think of it in plain terms, the vaccine does not become part of your body, it just tells your body what to do. As Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the CDC explains, “An mRNA vaccine doesn't actually contain the virus itself. Think of it as an email sent to your immune system that shows what the virus looks like, instructions to kill it, and then—like a Snapchat message—it disappears. Amazing technology.”
Q: I heard the vaccine has a microchip in it. Is that true?
A: No, this is not true. Some people have misinterpreted tracking technology not currently in use that could be included on the labels of vaccines to help with inventory and prevent counterfeiting as being a chip in the vaccine itself. We encourage you to research fact-checking information related to this belief.
Q: The vaccine was rushed so fast, how can it be safe?
A: While the specific vaccines approved for COVID-19 may seem to have been made available quickly, the science and technology behind them is not new. The CDC explains this in much greater detail here https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html
Q: Why can’t I wait to see how everyone else does before I get vaccinated?
A: You can if that is your wish unless your employer requires that you receive the vaccine. However, in order for the COVID-19 crisis to end, we need to get a high enough number of people in the United States so that the virus can no longer spread like it is now. Do your research using reputable resources and experts, talk to others who have received the vaccine, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately misinformation has spread rapidly on the internet and social media platforms that confuse and scare people unnecessarily.