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Looking for the COVID-19 vaccine? Here are the ways you can sign-up for public events

How can you sign-up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The federal government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 300,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible. Officials have said repeatedly over the last week that due to this slow trickle of supply, demand is outpacing what the state has available at regional sites.

There are several ways to receive the vaccine, or at least sign-up for an appointment to get one – if you’re 65 or older, and/or fall in the ‘Phase 1B’ category.

Start by clicking here and using this tool to find locations and your eligibility.

If you see appointments available at a site near you – for the Finger Lakes region that is the Rochester Dome Arena in Henrietta – click ‘Get Started’ at the bottom of the page. Enter your information and move through the process.

Local health departments are also offering vaccine clinics. To find out when and where those are – visit your local health department’s website and follow the instructions there.

If you need those links they’re published below:


It should be noted that every county is receiving a unique volume of doses. If your county does not have any clinics coming up that fit your schedule (and you’re eligible) but a neighboring county does – you can sign-up for it.

A number of pharmacies in the region will also be giving out the vaccine, in addition to major health systems like Rochester Regional Health, URMC, Finger Lakes Health, and most others. Click here for information on pharmacies providing the vaccine in the Finger Lakes region. There is contact and scheduling information available at that link, too.

Have a question about vaccination? Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll publish answers.