COVID-19 vaccines in Southern Tier: Where to get your shot and who's eligible

After weeks of confusion over where eligible people could get the COVID-19 vaccine, a website unveiled where Southern Tier residents can go.

Neal Simon
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

The New York State tiered distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine makes it crucial that residents know when they are eligible to receive the vaccine, where they are slated to receive their shots, and how to make an appointment.

Earlier this month, United Health Services unveiled a New York State Southern Tier Regional COVID-19 Vaccination website at, which shows a county-by-county look where doses are available at pharmacies, hospitals and local health departments statewide, and also includes links for how to make an appointment at each facility.

Broome County Health Department Nurse Marian Hollander receives the COVID vaccine.

If someone is unable to make an appointment online, call 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829), although callers are warned there may be a long hold time due to the volume.

No matter what vaccine distribution phase an individual may be eligible for, New York State requires residents to contact a facility to schedule a vaccine appointment.

For more information and to see if you're eligible for a vaccine through the state vaccine centers, go to

Where to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in NY

New York State has an allocation system where eligible populations are served by different providers. For example, health care workers (phase 1A of the vaccination effort) are vaccinated at local hospitals and medical centers.

Essential workers, including police, firefighters, teachers and public safety personnel (phase 1B) are handled by local departments of health. Various sites are established throughout the Southern Tier, depending on the county.

People age 65 and over may be vaccinated at retail sites. This includes pharmacies, with dozens of stores and businesses setting up to administer shots throughout the region. The 65 and older population is also eligible to be vaccinated at state-run mass vaccination sites.

Due to extremely limited supply from the federal government, it may be 14 or more weeks before an appointment is available, Southern Tier officials advise.

County health departments — due to state rules — are sidelined currently when it comes to vaccinating people who are 65 years or older.

“Pharmacies are designated to vaccinate 65 and older and will be receiving vaccine from the state,” said Heather Warner, Public Health programs manager for Delaware County.    

Officials say that the best way to see if your pharmacy has available appointments is to check their websites, since many can't handle a large volume of phone calls.

With a senior population of approximately 20,000 in Steuben County, the state’s vaccine distribution to stores and pharmacies “has been woeful,” county Manager Jack Wheeler said.

During a recent week, Steuben County pharmacies received 300 vaccine doses, with 200 going to one store and 100 to another business. By Friday, one store had already distributed its allocation while the other location was approaching the end of its week’s supply.

The supplies “go extremely fast,” Wheeler acknowledged.

Wheeler said pharmacies have been inundated with phone calls from residents with many attempting to schedule appointments, determine their eligibility or inquire about supplies. He suggested residents visit the store websites instead of making a phone call. The websites should have information on the availability of the vaccines and registration capabilities.

The following locations are listed as vaccination sites in the eight-county Southern Tier Region.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Broome County

  • Broome County Health Department, 1B
  • United Health Services, Vestal, 1A
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc.,1A
  • Walgreens, Main St.
  • Walgreens, Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Walgreens, Upper Front St.
  • Walgreens, Robinson St.
  • Walgreens, East Main St.
  • Wegmans, Harry L. Drive
  • Weis Pharmacy, Day Hollow Road
  • Weis Pharmacy, Robinson St.
  • Weis Pharmacy, Rano Boulevard
  • Browns Pharmacy
  • Medicine Shoppe
  • NYS Mass Vaccination Site at Binghamton University site in Johnson City, open to individuals 65 years or older
  • Rite Aid 10790
  • Cornerstone Family Healthcare
  • CVS Pharmacy (see website link for locations)

Appointments at the SUNY Broome vaccination site are booked for this week, county officials said. They advise residents to check back next week for updates.

Go here for more information on Broome County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Chemung County

  • Chemung County Health Department, 1B group
  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 1A group
  • Weis Pharmacy, Main St.
  • Gerould’s Pharmacy, S. Main St.
  • Gerould’s Pharmacy, Hoffman St.
  • Gerould’s Pharmacy, Westinghouse Road
  • Gerould’s Pharmacy, Pulteney St.
  • Rite Aid, Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Rite Aid, Grand Central Ave.
  • Rite Aid, Westinghouse Road
  • Rite Aid, 2nd St.
  • CVS Pharmacy (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Chemung County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Chenango County

  •  Chenango County Department of Health, 1B group
  •  Chenango Memorial Hospital, 1A group
  •  Bartle’s Pharmacy, 10 Lafayette Park, Oxford
  • CVS Pharmacy (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Chenango County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware County

  • Delaware Valley Hospital, Inc. 1A group
  • Delaware County Public Health Services, 1A group
  • O’Connor Hospital, 1A group
  • A.O. Fox Hospital - Tri-Town Campus, 1A group
  • Margaretville  Hospital, 1A group
  • Walgreens, Lake St., 65 and older 
  • Walgreens, Main St., 65 and older
  • CVS Pharmacy, 65 and older (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Delaware County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Schuyler County

  •  Quinlan’s Pharmacy, 65 and older
  •  Schuyler Public Health, 1B group
  •  Schuyler Hospital, 1A group
  • CVS Pharmacy, 65 and older (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Schuyler County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Steuben County

The 1A vaccination sites include Oak Orchard Health and St. James Hospital, both in Hornell, Guthrie Corning Hospital, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, and the Tri-County Family Medicine offices in Cohocton and Wayland.

Steuben County Public Health is vaccinating the 1B group.

Stores where individuals 65 and older may get vaccinated include:

  •  Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Corning and Hornell
  •  Tops Pharmacy, Morris Street, Bath
  •  Quinlan’s Pharmacy, North Main Street, Wayland
  •  CVS Pharmacy (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Steuben County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Tioga County

  • Tioga County Public Health, 1B group
  •  Walgreens, N. Main St., 65 and older
  •  Walgreens, Main St., 65 and older
  • CVS Pharmacy, 65 and older (see website link for locations)

Go here for more information on Tioga County vaccines.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Tompkins County

  • Kinney Drugs, Trumansburg Road
  • Kinney Drugs, N. Cayuga St.
  • Kinney Drugs, North Street
  • Kinney Drugs, Triphammer Road
  • Tops Pharmacy, Triphammer Road
  • Walgreens, North St.
  • CVS Pharmacy  (see website link for locations)

The Tompkins County Health Department is vaccinating the 1B group.

The Cayuga Medical Center is administering vaccinations for healthcare workers.

Go here for more information on Tompkins County vaccines.

For more help to get the COVID-19 vaccine in NY 

To determine eligibility and schedule appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app.

New York State also has a COVID-19 Hotline for additional questions and problems. The toll-free number is 1-888-364-3065.