UDATED: 3:30PM, February 12, 2021
At this time St. Mary's does not have any new information regarding when we will be permitted to vaccinate past healthcare workers in the 1A phase.
The hospital is vaccinating under the guidance from the New York State Department of Health in regards to vaccine distribution. That guidance mandates our hospital is only able to administer vaccines to healthcare workers defined in the states phase 1A. Pharmacies and NYS approved mass vaccination sites were given the direction to prioritize the 65 and older population and essential workers. We continue to work with our New York State Department of Health representatives regularly to request more supply and clarification. St. Mary’s also continues to advocate to receive additional vaccines for our community, but we are subject to the New York State distribution process and guidance.
We understand that this is inconvenient and appreciate the community’s patience as we all are working through this challenging time.
UDATED: 8:20AM, January 26, 2021
Media Release for January 25, 2021 - St. Mary's Online Vaccine Form and Availability Update
St. Mary’s Healthcare has not received additional supply of Covid vaccine this week, and we do not know when or if we will receive more. We continue to work with our New York State Department of Health representatives regularly to request more supply. St. Mary’s continues to advocate to receive additional vaccines for our community, but we are subject to the New York State distribution process.
On Friday, January 22, St. Mary’s Healthcare launched an online COVID-19 vaccine waitlist form due to the overwhelming number of telephone calls we were receiving from the community requesting information on the COVID-19 vaccine. In less than 48 hours, we had almost 1,400 people that had used that online link. This pushed our existing covid vaccine waitlist to over 2,800 patients.
Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming amount of responses we received, and the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, St. Mary’s made the difficult decision to not accept any more names for the vaccine waitlist, and the online form has been placed on pause at this time.
We understand that this is inconvenient and appreciate the community’s patience. Vaccine doses locally, statewide and nationwide are still in limited supply. Based on an executive order from Governor Cuomo issued January 23rd, St Mary’s along with other hospitals across the State may be limited to vaccinating healthcare workers. This executive order indicates that local health departments and county governments must prioritize essential workers. Pharmacies and NYS approved mass vaccination sites are to prioritize the 65 and older population and essential workers. Even if you or someone you know was added to the St. Mary’s COVID-19 vaccine waitlist, we recommend that they continue looking for an appointment through other avenues (county offices, state clinics, local pharmacies) as they may receive more vaccines before we do. As mentioned, our paused waitlist is over 2,800 people and even if vaccines do become available, the list will take a considerable amount of time for our team to work through. If we receive more vaccine doses that enable us to vaccinate past our current waitlist, we will open up the online form once again. Our community is asked to frequently monitor our website and social media channels as we will be posting the most up-to-date information as soon as we receive it.
If you have already received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at St. Mary’s Healthcare, we have been assured that there will be supply available for your second dose.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this challenging pandemic.
UDATED: 8:20AM, January 25, 2021
St. Mary's Online COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Update
Due to the overwhelming amount of responses we have received and the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines across New York State we are unable to continue to accept more names for the vaccine waitlist until we receive further clarification from the State. We do recommend that you keep looking for an appointment through other avenues (county offices, state clinics, local pharmacies) as they may receive more vaccines before we do. If we receive more vaccine allotment that allows us to vaccinate past our current waitlist we will open up the waitlist form again. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this challenging pandemic.
UDATED: 3:00PM, January 22, 2021
St. Mary's Launches Online COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Signup (Currently paused due to overwhelming amount of responses)
St. Mary’s Healthcare has launched an online form for eligible NYS residents that captures all the information we need to add you to our COVID-19 waitlist when vaccines are available. Once vaccines are available for your position on our waitlist, a St. Mary's representative will contact you to set up an appointment. At this time, we are continuing to receive sporadic shipments of vaccines. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict when we will receive more shipments. We continue to advocate for our community to receive more vaccines, but we are at the mercy of the distribution process. Again, know that we will add you to our waitlist and will call when we have vaccines available, but we do recommend that you keep looking for an appointment through other avenues (county offices, state clinics, local pharmacies) as they may receive vaccines before we do.
We encourage everyone to use the online form for the quickest and most efficient way to be added to our wait list. If necessary, you may call (518) 842-1900 (press option 1) for anyone not comfortable with the online process or for anyone without internet.
Please Note: If you have questions about whether or not the vaccine is safe/appropriate for you at this time, please contact your healthcare provider. This form or hotline will not be able to answer any specific medical questions.
**If you are concerned you may not be eligible, you can check your eligibility at: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and return to the St. Mary’s site to continue the online form.
UDATED: 3:00PM, January 14, 2021
St. Mary’s Healthcare, along with other area hospitals, has used its current allotment of vaccines. We know that our community members are eagerly awaiting appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination. It is difficult to schedule appointments without knowing when vaccines will arrive and we’re asking our community members to be patient with the new and evolving vaccination process.
New York State has now announced the start of the Phase 1B vaccination plan, which opens vaccine access to all community members and patients age 65 and older, as well as specific front-line essential workers, including police officers, first responders, teachers, childcare providers and others eligible in Phase 1B.
The Phase 1B announcement created a very high demand, as many members of the community are anxious to schedule their vaccine. Our operators, and physician offices are experiencing an extremely high volume of calls regarding vaccinations. At this time, we ask that you please do not call or email St. Mary's Healthcare or your physician to schedule your vaccine appointment. Included in this email is specific guidance as to the options that are currently available. We will share updates on our website and social media as new information is shared with St. Mary’s Healthcare.
Frequently asked questions:
When and where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, vaccinations are by appointment only at community locations, and subject to vaccine availability and state-guided prioritization. Walk-ins are not accepted at this time and will be turned away.
To determine your eligibility and make an appointment at a community location, you must go to NY.GOV/Vaccine and click on Am I Eligible? or follow this link:
https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and click "Get Started". If you're eligible, the website will display a message confirming eligibility and provide a list of locations with sign-up time slots. These are pharmacies, county-run sites and other community locations identified by the NYS Department of Health. Due to the limited number of vaccines currently available, many of these locations are not accepting new appointments. Check the site regularly as we anticipate more options opening up as supply increases.
If you're not able to fill out the form online, the state has launched a vaccination hotline to schedule an appointment. You can reach the hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Another source for information as the vaccine becomes available to more people, will be through our website www.smha.org, and our Facebook page.
How do I schedule my second dose?
If you already received your first dose with St. Mary’s Healthcare, an associate would have scheduled your second dose at the time you receive your first dose.
Although St. Mary's Healthcare is out of vaccines for those eligible for their first dose. We have been assured that doses will be available for those who have already received their first dose from St. Mary’s Healthcare.
We appreciate your continued commitment to St. Mary’s Healthcare and your patience throughout this process. St. Mary’s will continue to send updates and details surrounding the vaccination process as directed by New York state department of Health.
UDATED: 4:30PM, January 12, 2021
At this time, St. Mary’s Healthcare and Montgomery County do not know when or if we will receive more COVID-19 vaccines. To date we have administered close to 2,000 doses in Montgomery County and have been assured that we will be getting 2nd doses on time for those who have already received the 1st COVID-19 vaccine from St. Mary’s Healthcare or the Montgomery County Public Health Department. We all continue to work with State and Local agencies to be readily available to administer more vaccines when we receive supply.
We understand this is an extremely frustrating time, as all of our facilities are inundated with calls from the community inquiring on when and where they can get the vaccine. St. Mary’s Healthcare and the Montgomery County Public Health Department want to assure our community that we continue to ask and push for more information from New York State. We are being informed that the State’s weekly allotment of vaccines from the Federal government is 300,000. Until the State’s weekly allotment increases, we expect the supply locally to remain limited. Until we receive a response, we ask that our community watch our websites and social media channels as we will be posting the most up-to-date information as soon as we receive it.
UDATED: 2:50PM, January 11, 2021
At this time, St. Mary’s Healthcare does not know when or if we will receive more COVID-19 vaccines. We have been assured that we will be getting 2nd doses on time for those who have already received the 1st COVID-19 vaccine from St. Mary’s Healthcare. We are working with State and Local agencies to be readily available to administer more vaccines when we recieve supply. As soon as we receive more information we will be releasing it to the public at: www.smha.org and on our social media.
For more COVID-19 information and updates please visit:
Or to see if you are eligible:
UDATED: 9AM, January 11, 2021
As announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Yorkers in Tier 1B will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Tier 1B includes frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers) as well as people aged 75 and older. St. Mary's Healthcare does not have any more vaccine supply and is currently waiting for more guidance from the New York State Department of Health on allotment and distribution.
UDATED: 9AM, January 8, 2021
In accordance with the New York State Department of Health’s guidance, St. Mary’s Healthcare continues to vaccinate those who were prioritized in Phase 1A (frontline healthcare workers, EMTs, medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors).
St. Mary’s Healthcare has received many inquiries from the public asking if they can now receive the vaccine and if not, when it will be made available to them. Unfortunately, the exact timing of the next phases of the vaccine distribution is not available. We continue to plan and coordinate with the local health departments and other agencies to best facilitate that process when possible. We will make sure to communicate any new information when it becomes available.
Am I eligible to receive the vaccine now?
New York State has developed an app to determine eligibility. Click here to see if you are eligible https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
When is the phase 1B opening?
The date is unknown at this time. We will be updating this site regularly with the most up-to-date information.
When will the general community receive the vaccine?
From the start of distribution it may take several months before distribution reaches the general public. Currently the vaccine is not available to the public unless you are eligible under the guideline outlined in Phase 1A.
I have some medical concerns regarding whether or not I should receive the vaccine, who should I speak to?
Any questions regarding if you should receive the vaccine will need to be discussed with your physician.
When will pharmacies and other retail sites receive the vaccine for distribution to the public?
The date is unknown at this time. We will be updating this site regularly with the most up-to-date information.