How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Binghamton
Posted by John Brhel on April 6, 2021
Everyone in Broome County over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We realize many in the University community have questions about the vaccine, so we’ve put together this blog to highlight where to get vaccinated, how to sign up, what to expect after you get your shot and more.
Additional places to get vaccinated
(Note: Appointments are required at all vaccination sites.)
State-run vaccination site
The Binghamton University Foundation hosts a state-run vaccination site at its property at 10 Gannett Drive in Johnson City (near Walmart and CFJ Park.) The vaccine type offered at this site is manufactured by Pfizer. To make an appointment at the state-run site, go online.
County-run vaccination site
The Broome County Health Department is running a vaccination site at the SUNY Broome Ice Center at 907 Front Street, at the North College Drive entrance. To make an appointment, go online. No appointments are made by phone.
The United Health Services location directly across from the main entrance of campus (4417 Vestal Parkway East) is running a drive-thru site. Appointments are required. Register online.
Pharmacies and retail
A large number of pharmacies and other sites in the Southern Tier are also offering vaccinations, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Wegmans. Information on these locations can be found at https://www.nyuhs.org/southerntiervax. Click on the Broome box for the complete list of vaccination sites and details on availability.
What to bring
You will need to bring a few items with you to your vaccine appointment, depending on where you are going. These include the following:
- Binghamton University ID
- Printed, signed copy of the Vaccination Screening and Consent form
- Completed New York State Vaccination form
- Electronic or print copy of your registration ticket
- Photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport)
- Insurance card/insurance information
What to expect after you get the vaccine
You might need a second shot
Depending on which vaccine you receive, you might need to get two shots. The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is one shot, while the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two shots. You will have to wait 21-28 days between vaccinations, depending on the manufacturer.
You might experience side effects
Common side effects on the arm where you got the shot include pain, redness and swelling; side effects throughout the body include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.
You still need to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a single-dose of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. You should continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, practice social distancing etiquette in public places, and when meeting with people who haven't been vaccinated.
Know your facts
For info on possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, what you can do after getting the vaccine and more, visit the CDC website.
For facts on the vaccine from medical expert and trusted community leaders throughout New York State, check out the State University of New York’s #KnowYourVax video series.
For more information on vaccine locations and transportation options, visit the Decker Student Health Services Center COVID-19 Vaccinations webpage.
John Brhel is a communications manager in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a longtime resident of the Binghamton area. When he's not managing social media accounts or crafting press releases, you can find him drawing, reading, watching movies, or spending time with his family.
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