Coronavirus (COVID-19)


All appointment times are full. Please see below for more information about future COVID-19 vaccine availability.

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INFORMATION FOR APPOINTMENTS AT THE RCDOH

  • The health department announces vaccine appointments for qualifying individuals based on their eligibility group.  We currently hold clinics for essential workers (Phase 1b) who live or work in New York State (NYS), people with comorbidities, persons over age 65 who live in NYS, and residents and staff of NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) facilities. You should only sign up for a clinic that you are eligible to attend. The health department does this to comply with state guidance.
  • You must be available to come back for your 2nd dose. You will not be vaccinated if you cannot return for your second appointment. If you receive Moderna, you will need to return 28 days/4 weeks later.  If you receive Pfizer-BioNTech, you will need to return 21 days/3 weeks later. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen is a single dose vaccine.
  • Wherever you receive your first dose of vaccine, you must return to that location for your second dose. You will make your appointment to receive your second dose when you receive your first dose.
  • If you have health insurance, Medicare, and/or Medicaid benefits and, if applicable, Medigap benefits, please bring your insurance card with you. The vaccine is free; however, the health department can collect an administrative fee from your insurance provider. There is no copay or co-insurance required. The vaccine is still administered even if you do not have insurance.
  • If you are an essential worker (Phase 1b) who works in New York State you must bring proof of employment to your appointment such as an employee ID card, a letter from your employer or affiliated organization, a recent pay stub, etc.
  • If you are an essential worker (Phase 1b) who lives in New York State but works out of state, in addition to the proof of employment listed above, you must bring proof of residency to your appointment such as one of the following: a New York State or government-issued ID, statement from landlord, current rent receipt or lease, mortgage records; or two of the following: a statement from another person, current mail, or school records. 
  • If you are an individual with a qualifying comorbidity or underlying health conditions, you must bring proof of residency to your appointment such as one of the following: a New York State or government-issued ID, statement from landlord, current rent receipt or lease, mortgage records; or two of the following: a statement from another person, current mail, or school records. In addition, you must provide either:
    • Doctor's Letter, or
    • Medical Information Evidencing Comorbidity, or
    • Signed Certification/Attestation
  • Wear a face mask (at least two layers) that covers your nose, mouth, and chin. You will not be allowed to enter the building without a face mask.
  • Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • Do not come if you are not feeling well. Please email COVIDCallCenter@co.rockland.ny.us or call the Rockland County COVID-19 Call Center at 845-238-1956 Monday-Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • If you are in COVID-19 quarantine or isolation on the date of your appointment, DO NOT COME FOR THE VACCINE. Please email COVIDCallCenter@co.rockland.ny.us or call the Rockland County COVID-19 Call Center at 845-238-1956 Monday-Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Your appointment will be canceled, and your name placed on a list for future vaccine administration.

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION 

  • New York State (NYS) has directed all local health departments (LHDs) to continue to vaccinate: 
    • Essential Workers in Phase 1b which include police officers, firefighters, teachers, college professors, grocery workers, restaurant employees, restaurant delivery workers, and for-hire vehicle drivers, among others who live or work in NYS.
    • Residents and staff of congregate settings operated or certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  
    • Individuals with qualifying comorbidities and underlying health conditions.
    • Individuals who are 65+
  • The RCDOH encourages eligible individuals to sign up for appointments wherever they are available.
  • Rockland residents age 65+ can sign up for the Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist by calling the Rockland County Office for the Aging at 845-364-2110, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Spanish and Creole speakers are available. In addition, residents can sign up online at http://rcklnd.us/c19-waitlist.
  • Vaccinations performed by local hospitals, federally qualified health centers, pharmacies, physician networks, and practice groups must be made directly through those providers.
  • The NYS Am I Eligible webpage will provide you with a list of New York State run vaccination sites. All individuals eligible under the NYS guidelines can schedule an appointment at any NYS-operated mass vaccination site. If you do not have access to a computer, eligible New Yorkers can call to schedule a vaccination appointment at a state-run site by calling the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*

Overview

What is a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A novel coronavirus (COVID-19 ) is a new virus that has not been previously found in humans. The virus can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia.
This new virus was first detected in China and is spreading worldwide including in the United States.

Symptoms

Information to date suggests that COVID-19 mostly causes mild-to-moderate illness. In more severe cases, it can cause serious and life threatening complications. Click here for more information on symptoms.

If a person is sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has symptoms, they must stay home and limit contact with others, including people in their household, as much as possible. If medical care is needed, contact your doctor or clinic before arriving. If this is a immediate medical emergencies, call 911

Orders, Legal Guidance & Press Releases

On March 16, 2020, pursuant to NYS Executive Law § 24, County Executive, Ed Day, declared a State of Emergency to exist in Rockland County. Under section 24, that State of Emergency must be renewed every 30 days. That declaration was renewed for additional 30 day periods through this date.

Testing & Test Results

Contact your Healthcare provider or call for free New York State testing.

Free New York State COVID-19 Testing


Test Results

If you were tested at Anthony Wayne Recreational Area in Harriman State Park or at the Town of Ramapo Cultural Art Center in Spring Valley, test results are sent by phone, text, or the BioReference Laboratories online patient portal.

If you had testing performed through another laboratory or private health care provider, check to see if they have a patient portal or phone line where you can obtain your results.

Regardless of testing site, if your test result is positive, the Rockland County Department of Health will be contacting you.

Quarantine/Isolation

Rockland County residents

  • If you were EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 you MUST QUARANTINE yourself in your home for 10 full days after the exposure.  
  • If you have symptoms you MUST ISOLATE
  • If you TESTED POSITIVE you MUST ISOLATE whether or not you have symptoms. 

For more information, See Detailed Quarantine/Isolation Instructions

Release Letter

Vaccination

NYS Department of Health has released it's COVID-19 Vaccination Program Report that serves as an framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of  COVID-19 vaccine in New York. For more information, please visit the New York State Vaccination Program

Flyers

Beware of COVID vaccine fraud. To help root out vaccination fraud or scams across the State, New York established a hotline that New Yorkers can call to report suspected fraud. It is a red flag if anyone is promising you the vaccine in exchange for payment. To make a report, call 1-833-VAX-SCAM (1-833-829-7226) or email STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov

Prevention

COVID-19 is Still Here

  • When it's your turn, choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wear a mask or face covering (two or more layers) that covers your nose, mouth, and chin when in public and unable to maintain physical distance.
  • Practice physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people (healthy or sick).
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Stay home if you have or think you have COVID-19.

Flyers


Mask Wearing


Prevent the Spread

 
Commissioner's Note

A note from Dr. Ruppert, the Rockland County Commissioner of Health

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) is proud to be a part of the New York State COVID-19 mass vaccination effort. Together we are getting vaccine into people's arms. Vaccine supply is currently very limited. I understand the frustration and difficulties in scheduling appointments. Please be patient as we continue to follow the state's guidance on priority populations. We cannot predict how many more doses will be received from New York State each week and are doing our best to get those eligible individuals vaccinated. Please continue to regularly check our website's alert box for the latest, up-to-date vaccine availability information.

Getting our community "Back to Normal" will take all the public health tools we have on hand. Vaccine is one of those tools. Remember that you will need two doses (same manufacture) of the COVID-19 vaccine to be 94-95% effective. Wherever you receive your first dose of vaccine, you must return to that location for your second dose on the day and time provided to you.

Even after vaccination, you must continue to wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet of distance from people who do not live with you. Continue to follow the basics of good personal hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using your elbow or a tissue, and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean heavily used surfaces often. Please avoid socializing with people outside of your household and respond to our staff if/when you are contacted regarding a positive COVID-19 test or contact with a positive person.

Please consider any public site in Rockland as a potential site for COVID-19 exposure. We are all in this together, and we need to continue to do our part to curb this disease's spread. The RCDOH continues to work tirelessly to vaccinate, monitor, investigate, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

January 14, 2021

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