Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

May 13, 2021
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY, - The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces 1st dose appointments are available for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Anyone age 12 and older, can visit our COVID-19 webpage ( to schedule their appointment. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered on-site.

If you do not have access to a computer and need assistance in scheduling the COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the RCDOH, call the Rockland County COVID Call Center at 845-238-1956 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (except holidays). 

The current recommendation is to get your second dose at the same place where you got your first shot. You will be given an appointment for your second dose when you receive your first dose. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires you to get a second dose 21 days/3 weeks after your first dose. If it is not possible for you to return on the date you are given call the Rockland County COVID Call Center at 845-238-1956 to reschedule your appointment.

Any 12–17-year-old receiving the vaccine must arrive with a parent or guardian who will sign a consent form. The parent or guardian must show some form of personal identification such as a driver's license. If you have health insurance, please bring your benefit card with you. The vaccine is free; however, the health department can collect an administrative fee from insurance plans.

"The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses mRNA technology which continues to prove to be safe and effective for individuals 12+. This vaccine is an important public health tool that protects people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help those around you," said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also available at other locations such as the State's mass vaccination site at Rockland Community College and some pharmacies. Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or to find a vaccine near you.