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Vaccination update 2/5/2021

Thompson Health has administered over 6,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in a phased approach, based on eligibility determined by the New York State Department of Health and not by the hospitals dispensing the vaccines. The process is strictly enforced and no leeway is possible.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Who are you vaccinating right now in your clinics?

Per a mandate from Governor Cuomo, Thompson Health’s current focus is on vaccinating all remaining Phase 1A workers, and then Phase 1B.

Click here to see who is eligible in these phases.

A friend of mine got a call from Thompson, inviting them to come in and get vaccinated. I am a Thompson patient and have not received a call. Why not?

If there are any vaccine doses left over at the end of a vaccination clinic, Thompson Health may offer those doses to our primary care patients through a random selection of eligible patients. 

Phone calls are made and same-day appointment slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why might you have doses left over at the end of a clinic?

Sometimes we have no-shows or appointment cancellations. COVID vaccines have a short shelf life and we will not waste a single dose of our vaccine allotment.

Am I likely to get a call?

Do not wait for a call from Thompson, as any patient phone calls will likely be done in limited numbers for the foreseeable future.


We care about your health and encourage you to look for the earliest available vaccine appointment. Bookmark websites including New York State COVID vaccine clinic site, your local Department of Health and area retail pharmacies (see below).

Check back on these websites often! Updates will be made as vaccine allotments arrive – sometimes with little advance notice - and appointments tend to fill very quickly.

VACCINE UPDATE 1/15/2021

Due to the high volume of calls to New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline (1-833-697-4829), we’ve heard callers are only able to access a pre-recorded message saying to call back later. The State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Updates webpage, where people confirm vaccination eligibility and sign up for local vaccination clinics, has also been experiencing intermittent connection issues due to high volume traffic.

 

We are aware of the situation and ask for your continued patience. Please do not contact Thompson Health directly for vaccine clinic appointments. Currently, all of our clinic sign ups must be managed through New York State and their teams are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Vaccine Update 1/11/2021

Now that New York has entered Phase 1B of its vaccine roll-out, eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 75 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. PLEASE NOTE: All vaccinations are by appointment only. 

People age 75 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of a “retail network.” You must use this online tool to find a location. 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).

Public employees (for example, police officers, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

Healthcare workers who are part of Phase 1A will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.

While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Vaccine Update 1/11/2021

Now that New York has entered Phase 1B of its vaccine roll-out, eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 75 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. PLEASE NOTE: All vaccinations are by appointment only. 

People age 75 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of a “retail network.” You must use this online tool to find a location. 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).

Public employees (for example, police officers, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

Healthcare workers who are part of Phase 1A will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.

While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Letter to our friends from Michael F. Stapleton, Jr., President/CEO

January 6, 2021

Dear Friends of Thompson,

In addition to meeting the ongoing healthcare needs of our community during these unprecedented times, the associates of Thompson Health have been going above and beyond to provide COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with New York State Department of Health mandates and guidelines. 

While F.F. Thompson Hospital serves as a location for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, we have no say in determining who is eligible to receive the vaccine. Eligibility is determined by the New York State Department of Health and not by the hospitals dispensing the vaccines. The process is strictly enforced and no leeway is possible.

Vaccines are being made available in a phased roll-out. This means a rigorous, prioritized list has been created based on people’s exposure risks and other factors. We are currently in Phase 1A. 

How Can I See if I’m Currently Eligible to Receive the Vaccine?

You can see who is included in each of the vaccine roll-out phases and determine your eligibility by clicking here

We will continue to offer clinics and will continue working with the New York State Department of Health to receive ongoing allotments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Please bear with us as we move as quickly and safely as we can through this incredibly large and complicated undertaking. If you have remaining questions, please contact your local Health Department. 

If you’d like to stay informed of Thompson’s own vaccine clinics, please register your email address above. In the meantime, continue to wear masks, avoid close contact with others and wash hands frequently to help prevent the spread of the virus in our community. Please stay safe. 

Best wishes for good health,

Michael F. Stapleton, Jr. FACHE
President/CEO
UR Medicine Thompson Health  
 

Coronavirus Vaccination

Coronavirus vaccines are a powerful tool that will help our community and the world fight the COVID-19 pandemic. URMC will distribute coronavirus vaccines according to federal and state guidelines, which are designed to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community, as well as essential frontline workers, are vaccinated early.

As the availability of approved vaccines increases in 2021, we plan to provide a coronavirus vaccination to any Thompson Health patient who wants one. No need to contact your provider’s office; we will provide more information, including when and where you can receive a vaccine, as it becomes available. In the meantime, we must continue to wear masksavoid close contact with others and wash hands frequently to help prevent the spread of the virus in our community.


Please note that while Thompson Health is a location for COVID vaccine clinics, we have no say in who is invited to these early phase clinics for specific audiences (healthcare workers, EMS, group home residents, etc.). New York State Department of Health is sending vaccine invitations directly to those individuals classified as high exposure risk.

 

Learn more by clicking the links below:

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To learn more about Thompson Health’s vaccine distribution plan, please register your email above.

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