St James Covid Update: The Vaccine Is Now Available To More People

January 11, 2021

HORNELL, NY – From St James Hospital:

In an effort to help the public access and utilize the NYS Dept. of Health COVID vaccination program, St. James Hospital issued the following guidance. “Now that New York has entered Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, more eligible groups can register for the vaccine,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital president and CEO.

O’Donovan clarified that although St. James serves as a site to administer the vaccination, all first-dose vaccine registrations are managed by NYS Dept. of Health – not the hospital, primary care, or urgent care.

“The Dept. of Health has a system in place for people to check their eligibility and register for a vaccine at various sites,” he said. “People should avoid calling the hospital, PCP’s or urgent care to request the vaccine, as the supply and process are managed by the Dept. of Health. As vaccine becomes available to St. James Hospital, our location will be updated in the system and those meeting the criteria will be able to register for the vaccine at our hospital. If St. James Hospital is not listed in the database that means we do not have the vaccine and another location will need to be selected. All vaccinations are by appointment only.”

The public is asked to contact the Dept. of Health at the website or phone number noted below for information about eligibility, and to register for a vaccination.

The vaccination web site is https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. Beginning at 4 p.m. today (January 11), the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

St. James Hospital will continue to work with the Dept. of Health to support the community by sharing resources and updates as they become available.