COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

Dr. Stephen Thomas, MD, Chief of the Infectious Disease Division at Upstate Medical University Hospital and lead Principal Investigator for the Pfizer/BioNTech global phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial, was the keynote speaker at the 2020 OCMS Virtual Meeting and Service Awards. Click here to view his presentation on the safety and efficacy of the COVID Vaccine.


The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Supply from the Federal Government is limited. Additional New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Over 12 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 50 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions.

FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: PfizerModerna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals, local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment. You can use this website for scheduling an appointment at a New York State-run site only. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at one of these sites, use the Am I Eligible app. Remember: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for effectiveness. For these vaccines, second-dose appointment will be scheduled automatically at the time you receive your first vaccine dose. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. Appointments are not transferrable. 

In addition to State-run vaccination sites, you could also go to to find information on vaccine appointments near you.

Coronavirus Preparedness

Resource Center

Norris McLaughlin, PA, General Counsel for the Onondaga County Medical Society, has put together a COVID-19 Resource Center. Here you will find links to critical information, updates, and best practice directives from the WHO, CDC, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and many of their experienced attorneys. Get the most current information and advice regarding COVID-19, and keep in mind that OCMS members get discounted pricing on legal services and a free initial consultation.

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