Greene County continues to closely monitor and follow the New York State Phased Distribution of Vaccines
How does Greene County plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Greene County has identified eight sites within the county where vaccination clinics will take place.
- Additionally, other healthcare providers and pharmacies will also be administering the vaccine once it arrives.
- As most people know, the vaccine will be sent in waves, and it is expected that the vaccination process will take several months to complete.
What is Greene County doing to address the COVID outbreaks at the Prisons in Coxsackie?
- Greene County has no jurisdiction over the operations of Greene or Coxsackie Correctional Facilities. These New York State Prisons are under the authority of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS
- Information on the DOCCS response to COVID-19 can be found at https://doccs.ny.gov/doccs-covid-19-report
- You can contact the DOCCS online at https://publicapps.doccs.ny.gov/DOCCSWebContactForm.aspx
- Positive cases of NYS Prison employees living within the county are monitored and tracked by the Greene County Public Health Department.
How do I protect myself while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to become available?
- While promising vaccines have been developed, it will be months before there will be enough doses to innoculate most of the general public.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC and WHO recommend following these precautions:
- Keep SIX FEET of distance between yourself and people outside your household;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and;
- Always wear a mask in public places.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccine
Many people are questioning the vaccine because of its quick development. However, the vaccine was developed quickly and efficiently thanks to the unprecedented amount of scientific collaboration, and new technologies. Official responses to FAQs from the CDC can be viewed by clicking here.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
- Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is rigorously tested for safety before being authorized for use in the United States.
- The most likely vaccine to be approved first is the mRNA vaccine. This does not contain a live virus and does not carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person. The vaccine also does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
What Does “mRNA Vaccine” Mean?
- mRNA vaccines take advantage of a normal process inside your body to trigger an immune response and build immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In contrast, most vaccines use weakened or inactivated versions or components of the disease-causing pathogen to stimulate the body’s immune response to create antibodies.
- mRNA from the vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell and does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
- mRNA technology is new, but not unknown. They have been studied for more than a decade.