COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

For our most updated clinic list visit our  Ontario County Public Health COVID-19 Webpage

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Three reasons to vaccinate kids against COVID-19? 

#1. In the U.S., COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18 years of age. 
#2. According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalization. 
#3. As of Oct. 17, 2021; 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. in individuals less than 18 years of age, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group.  

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Ontario County Public Health as all three COVID-19 vaccine products (Jaansen, Pfizer and Moderna) available. For an appointment, give us a call at 585-396-4343!

(Updated 6/15/2021)

Geneva Community Health, Pediatric Pfizer Clinic

Monday, November 29th 
Geneva Community Health, 601 W. Washington St., Geneva: 5 to 8 p.m. This clinic is offering the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children age 5 to 11, as well as Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 to 17. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Make an appointment online.

December 1 Kids COVID clinic

December 1, 2021, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Drive-Thru Location: Ontario County Highway Office, 2930 County Road 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Registration Link: 

  • Must be 5-11 years old 

November 30th COVID Clinic

November 30, 2021

  • Ontario County Highway Office, 2930 County Road 48 Canandaigua, NY 14424    

Moderna (18+):

  • Moderna Clinic (1st or 2nd dose)


11.30.2021 Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine (1st and 2nd Dose) Clinic

  • Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic (Booster Dose) (Age restrictions may apply)


11.30.2021 Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic (Booster Dose)


Pfizer (12+):

  • Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine (1st and 2nd Dose) Clinic


11.30.2021 Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine (1st and 2nd Dose) Clinic

  • Pfizer Vaccines Booster Clinic (Age restrictions may apply)


11.30.2021 Pfizer and Janssen (J&J) Vaccines Booster Clinic


Johnson & Johnson (18+):


  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic (First Dose)


11.30.2021 Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic (First Dose)

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic (Age restrictions may apply)


11.30.2021 Pfizer and Janssen (J&J) Vaccines Booster Clinic


Need help to registering? Call 585-396-4047 (Updated 11/19/2021)

Excelsior pass

Will my Excelsior Pass be updated now that I've received the booster shot (third Pfizer dose)? 
ANSWER: At this time, an Excelsior Vaccination Pass only includes an individual’s initial vaccine series. It does not include a boosters and/or additional doses. However, as of November 8, New Yorkers who received a booster or additional dose can retrieve their Excelsior Vaccination Pass Plus which includes all COVID-19 doses received to date. If you retrieved your Excelsior Vaccination Pass Plus before this update, visit  to retrieve a new Excelsior Vaccination Pass Plus at any time. Following the November 8 update, New Yorkers can expect their booster or additional doses to be available 3-4 days after receiving their shot.

Confused Yet?

Visit the CDC website to learn more about the Third Dose (for Moderna and Pfizer) verses the Booster Dose (just Pfizer)

10.8 Third vs Booster Doses (1)

Wondering What Percentage of Your Zip Code Has Had at Least One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine?  

1st Dose COVID-19 Vaccine for 12 and Older: Zip Code Breakdown

 The 4-1-1 on Vaccine Breakthrough

What is it vaccine Breakthrough

  • A vaccine breakthrough is when a person has COVID-19 (infection) found in a specimen collected ≥14 days after they have completed all recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. (2 weeks and the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna or the one and only dose of J&J.)

Are vaccine breakthrough cases normal?

  • The CDC says yes! Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. There will be a percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19. (This is where masking, social distancing remain important and staying home if ill is so important.)
  • Ontario County Public Health is closely monitoring the number of breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths

What is the CDC doing about vaccine breakthrough?

  • State health departments report vaccine breakthrough cases to CDC. We collect vaccine information & hospital information during case investigation and enter the information into the state database. NYSDOH then pulls data to report to the CDC.
  • CDC monitors hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases for clustering by patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type, and variance. (This surveillance is how the CDC knows when variants pop-up and how they can tell if they are easily spread or if they are more/less dangerous than the previous variants.)

If breakthrough cases are expected, why are we still vaccinating?

  • The goals of vaccine in controlling disease spread is two-fold:
    • Prevent an individual from contracting the disease.
    • If a vaccinated individual does contract the disease the immune response will help lesson symptoms and prevent hospitalizations and or death 
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective. CDC recommends that everyone 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can.

 CDC: Vaccine Breakthrough

(Updated 8/11/2021)

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Different COVID-19 Vaccines

The best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one that is available to you. Do not wait for a specific brand. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines:

Visit the CDC Site to Learn More!

Vaccine Brands

 NYSDOH Health Advisory on COVID-19 vaccine clinical considerations for people with a history of myocarditis or pericarditis. 

After reviewing available evidence including risks of myocarditis, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined that the benefits of using mRNA COVID-19 vaccines under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) clearly outweigh the risks in all populations. The FDA has modified the EUA Fact Sheets for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to include information regarding myocarditis after receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Please ensure that your county health department COVID-19 vaccine clinics use the current EUA Fact Sheets at:

 (Updated 8/11/2021)

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COVID-19 Vaccine Scam Alert! 

Scam Alert

Please be alert to COVID-19 vaccine scams. Please don't give your private information over the phone. There is no cost for COVID-19 vaccine. Do NOT give your bank account information. Always ask for the caller's name and phone number. Staff from NYSDOH or Ontario County Public Health will provide our name and phone number for call-back if needed.  (2/16/2021)

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 COVID fraud

Beware of COVID vaccine 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 

Commonly Asked Question

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. That immune response and making antibodies is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. CDC: Facts About Vaccines

Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19? 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you don’t have an increased risk of developing severe complications. CDC: Learn How Vaccines Work

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. 
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. CDC: How Vaccines Work

Can I receive COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine in the same day?

Given the lack of data on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, the vaccine series should routinely be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration with any other vaccine. However, mRNA COVID-19 and other vaccines may be administered within a shorter period in situations where the benefits of vaccination are deemed to outweigh the potential unknown risks of vaccine coadministration (e.g., tetanus toxoid-containing vaccination as part of wound management, measles or hepatitis A vaccination during an outbreak) or to avoid barriers or delays to mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., in long-term care facility residents or healthcare personnel who received influenza or other vaccinations prior to/upon admission or onboarding). If mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are administered within 14 days of another vaccine, doses do not need to be repeated for either vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Can I receive vaccine if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Data from clinical trials tells us that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can safely be given to people with evidence of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Vaccination of people with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be delayed until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and is no longer on isolation. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine safe?

Yes. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. These data demonstrate that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19). Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who tracks vaccine reactions?

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS has been accepting and analyzing reports of adverse events (side effects) after a person has received a vaccination since 1990.

Who can report a vaccine reaction?

Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. This includes patients and parents (for any vaccine). Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention. Online reporting form:

VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences to CDC and FDA. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem but is especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine. This way, VAERS can provide CDC and FDA with valuable information that additional work and evaluation is necessary to further assess a possible safety concern. Anyone can complete a VAERS report.

How many COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed in New York? 

The COVID-19 NYSDOH Vaccine Tracker dashboard reports the number of 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations distributed and administered across the state of New York.

Vaccination program numbers are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state’s vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government’s Long Term Care Facility program.

COVID-19 NYSDOH Vaccine Tracker

(Updated 4/27/2021)