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Hudson Headwaters was notified by New York State that we will not receive additional vaccines this week. As a result, we will not be scheduling any new first dose vaccination clinics from 1/18-1/22. There is no need to check the links below at 5pm for open appointments. We will update this message if anything changes. We did receive our requested supply of second doses, and we will proceed with the completion of the second doses as scheduled.

We appreciate that patients are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine appointments are dependent on vaccine supplies from New York State. New York State does not give advanced notice nor guarantee vaccine supply. When we do receive more vaccines, we must follow strict New York State guidance for mandated priority groups. Available appointments are extremely limited. If and when new appointments are available, they will be posted at 5 pm (see links below). 

Please understand that it will take weeks for all eligible members of 1A and 1B (see below) to book their vaccine appointments.

Vaccines are available by appointment only. Vaccine appointments are coordinated through New York State Department of Health using an online registration system. Do not contact your Hudson Headwaters provider or health center for a vaccine appointment.

Eligibility

COVID-19 vaccine clinics are for New York State residents, aged 18 years and older, in Priority 1A and 1B groups only. To confirm if you are eligible, click here

Please note that clinic capacity is constrained by limited vaccine supplies, and most appointments fill quickly.  Appointments will be added as vaccine supplies are confirmed by New York State. We appreciate your patience.

Eligible New Yorkers in the Priority 1A group are:

  • Health Care Workers;
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities;
  • Residents and staff at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities;
  • EMS Personnel;
  • Medical Examiners/Coroners; and
  • Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids.

Eligible New Yorkers in the Priority 1B group are:

  • Individuals Age 65 and older;
  • First Responder and Support Staff for First Responder Agency;
  • Corrections;
  • P-12 School or School District Faculty, Staff, and Contractors;
  • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting;
  • Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers;
  • Public Transit Employees;
  • Individuals working or living in a homeless shelter;
  • Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers; and
  • In-person college instructors.

Additional information on New York State’s phased distribution plan are available here

Vaccine Appointments

When registering for a vaccine clinic, you must legally attest that you are a member of a Priority 1A or 1B population. You must also bring proof of prioritization to the clinic. This could include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, a pay stub, or other evidence of priority status. If you do not have proof of priority status at the time of your appointment, you will be turned away. You will also have taken a spot from someone else.

Eligible Hudson Headwaters patients can schedule a vaccine appointment at ANY CLINIC in New York State. Links to clinics at Hudson Headwaters locations are below. To identify other sites where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the New York State “Am I Eligible” webpage or contact the NYS Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.

If you are unable to make an appointment today, you should check back regularly to see if slots have opened up or if new clinics have been scheduled. 

Hudson Headwaters COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics by Location:

After your vaccine appointment has been scheduled, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. The form can be completed online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine, and you will receive a submission ID. Alternatively, you can fill out the form at the vaccination site.

Post-Vaccination

IMPORTANT: Please do not let your guard down after getting vaccinated!

In clinical trials, receiving full immunity from the Moderna vaccine (the time when 94.5% of people who got the vaccine are assumed to be immune) happens 14 days after the second dose. The second dose will be given roughly 28 days after the first dose.

The Moderna vaccine (the one offered at Hudson Headwaters) helps prevent severe illness, but it is not yet known if the vaccine will prevent infection or spread of the virus to othersThis is why we must continue mask-wearing, social distancing and handwashing until we reach population immunity (when 70-80% of the population has been vaccinated).

COVID-19 tests are available at Hudson Headwaters health centers for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Please call your health center to discuss and schedule the best COVID-19 test option for you.

If you are not yet a Hudson Headwaters patient, COVID-19 and antibody testing is available with a brief visit with one of our providers. This visit can be within a health center, urgent care, or in some cases, a telehealth appointment.

PLEASE CALL your Hudson Headwaters health center if you are experiencing symptoms, have been in close contact with a confirmed case, and/or have recently traveled to a country with an outbreak. Be ready to explain your symptoms, travel history and/or if you were exposed to coronavirus. Luckily, most patients only experience mild symptoms and will recover. For public safety, we strongly encourage home management when appropriate.

FAQs
Do I need to get tested? 
It is important to get tested if you feel ill and/or have had close contact with someone who is either COVID-19 positive or suspected positive. You should also get tested if you have attended a recent protest or other large gatherings, or have recently traveled to a high-risk region, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.

How will I access my test results?
Log in to the Hudson Headwaters Patient Portal to view your test results online. If you are not yet registered for the patient portal, please create your account before your test. Please note: If you choose not to use the patient portal, notification of your test results may be delayed. 

Is there a cost?
Charges may apply and depend on your insurance. Contact your health insurance carrier for more information.

  • Fever of over 100.0 F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath (chest congestion)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Wash your hands often
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue/cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Regularly clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask or face covering when out in public to prevent spreading germs to others

Telehealth and In-Person Appointments

To limit non-essential traffic at all health centers and help keep our patients and staff safe, we now offer telehealth services for many primary care, specialty care and follow-up appointments. Just as you normally would, please reach out to your health center with your health-related concerns. Our team will provide guidance regarding which appointments to schedule via telehealth, which appointment types to defer for now, and which may still require an in-person visit.

To prepare for your visit, we ask that you please:

  • Arrive wearing a mask or face covering such as a bandana or scarf. Visit our Community Resource page for a list of organizations distributing face masks. Health centers have a limited supply of masks that we are trying to reserve for staff;
  • Limit the number of people accompanying you to one healthy adult; and
  • Call ahead if you develop COVID-19 symptoms

These measures are in place to limit possible exposure to you as well as our staff and other patients.

Video conference appointments require access to either a computer, smartphone or tablet (e.g. iPad), internet access and an email address. Before your scheduled telehealth visit, you will receive instructions via email on how to connect to your provider. A staff member from the health center will call you prior to your appointment to assist you in setting up your telehealth appointment via our App.

If you do not have access to the equipment needed for a video consultation, our providers are also able to perform some appointments via telephone.

Click here for more information.

COVID-19 News and Announcements

    • 30 DEC 20

    COVID-19 Vaccine update from our CEO 12/30

    COVID-19 Vaccines – A message from our CEO, Dr. Tucker Slingerland Hudson Headwaters continues to work closely with public health officials to plan COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We understand and appreciate that many patients would like to know exactly when and how to access the vaccine. To help keep you informed, we will share regular updates

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    • 18 DEC 20

    COVID-19 Vaccine: A Message From Our CEO

    COVID-19 Vaccines – A message from our CEO, Dr. Tucker Slingerland Hudson Headwaters is working closely with public health officials and the New York State Department of Health to plan COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Initial supplies will be limited and given to health care workers per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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    • 05 MAY 20

    Expanded COVID-19 Testing By Appointment

    QUEENSBURY (May 5, 2020) – Hudson Headwaters Health Network expands COVID-19 testing at drive-up locations at Champlain Family Health, West Mountain Health Services in Queensbury and Warrensburg Health Center. Community members must schedule an appointment before receiving a test. The expanded testing criteria includes anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms, along with those who believe

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    • 03 APR 20

    Furlough of Staff to Conserve Resources in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

    QUEENSBURY, NY (April 3, 2020) – Hudson Headwaters Health Network will furlough roughly 85 employees, beginning the week of April 6. Furloughed staff will remain employees of the network under a leave status and the network will pay the full premium cost of health, dental and life insurance benefits during this time period.  Primarily non-clinical

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    • 24 MAR 20

    COVID-19 Testing Suspended Until Further Notice

    Due to the limited supply of COVID-19 testing, Hudson Headwaters will be suspending testing until further notice. Tests will now be reserved for staff providing direct patient care to ensure that health care providers and staff will not spread the virus to patients or other staff. We will still be screening patients to measure your

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    • 23 MAR 20

    Specialty Services Suspended

    Warrensburg Health Center and West Mountain Health Services will be suspending Cardiology, Vascular, Endocrine and ENT specialty services until further notice.

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    • 23 MAR 20

    Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Glens Falls Hospital Implement a Coordinated Response to Prevent the Spread of COVID19

    Hudson Headwaters and Glens Falls Hospital are working together in an “all-hands on deck” coordinated response to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Glen Falls region. Since the COVID-19 testing began outside the hospital Emergency Department (ED) more than 500 COVID-19 tests were completed in a joint effort between the two organizations. 68 more were tested

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    • 16 MAR 20

    Hours of Operation Update

    As new information is released by public health officials we are continuing to adjust our hours to do what is best for our patients and our staff. Please visit your health center’s location page to see the current hours of operation. A full list of health center locations can be found here. Please note, effective

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NYS Vaccine Resources

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX
(1-833-697-4829).

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Government Resources

Community Resources

Our community partners can help you with many non-health related challenges. Visit our Community Resources page to find valuable resources available in your area and online.

How You Can Help

Visit our How You Can Help page to find out about donations and ways to support our frontline workers.

Visit our Community Health Center Advocacy page to learn why COVID-19 relief funding is essential for Community Health Centers across the country.

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