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Overview

Westchester Medical Center is serving as the coordinator for the Hudson Valley Region Hub of New York State’s Regional Vaccine Network.

Following state and federal guidelines, Westchester Medical Center is following a phased approach for vaccination, which began in mid-December with the WMCHealth workforce.

WMCHealth is collaborating with a broad group of hospitals, healthcare organizations and agencies, community organizations, and many other stakeholders in developing plans to ensure the safe, equitable, and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties.

As information becomes available, we will be providing it to our partners, community stakeholders, and the public. Please visit this site often for updates from WMCHealth, New York State, and the federal government.

Guidance for the New York State Vaccination Program is available here.

Please read the official CDC Health Alert regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine available here.

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Hudson Valley HUB Mission

“Ensure that all residents of the Hudson Valley have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This will be achieved through extensive regional partnerships and stakeholder coordination resulting in safe, rapid and equitable vaccine distribution and administration to communities and residents throughout the region.”

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Remember:

  • Wear a mask
  • Physical distance
  • Wash your hands

View WMCHealth Regional HUB Vaccine Task Force List

Please find the most up to date information below.

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Vaccine Eligibility

The vaccination prioritization is based on New York State mandates that specify in what order vaccine can be administered.

Guidance for the New York State Vaccination Program is available here.

Additional links:

Ages 12 and Older

Westchester Medical Center will administer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, Pfizer booster doses* for those who are eligible, and Johnson & Johnson vaccination and boosters.

Taylor Pavilion on the campus of Westchester Medical Center
Every day 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Please note that the last appointment time will be 6:15 p.m.

Appointments are necessary, which community members can schedule online at Am-I-Eligible.COVID19Vaccine.Health.NY.gov.

*Pfizer booster doses are available for eligible community members with completed Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series as well as the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine.

Children Ages 5-11

Valhalla
Westchester Medical Center — 100 Woods Road, Valhalla NY, in the Taylor Pavilion Media Center. Parking is available in Lot 1.
Every Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please note that the last appointment time will be 3:15 p.m.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.
Appointments are encouraged.
To schedule an appointment, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

Poughkeepsie
MidHudson Regional Hospital—241 North Road Poughkeepsie, NY, in the Main Hospital.
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.
Appointments required.
To schedule appointment, call 914.202.4530.

Suffern
Good Samaritan Hospital— 255 Lafayette Ave Suffern, NY
Every Monday- Friday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.
Appointments are encouraged.
To schedule an appointment, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

Vaccine Prioritization Phasing

Registration for vaccination at mass distribution sites is currently centralized through a New York State website.

Please check with your local provider, health department, or pharmacy for vaccination availability near you.

Guidance for the New York State Vaccination Program is available here.

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Volunteer to Provide Immunizations

Thank you for your interest.

We are grateful for the more than 2,000 volunteers that have supported the vaccination sites across the region. At this time we are no longer recruiting vaccination volunteers for the sites managed by WMCHealth.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at WMCHealth, please visit our Volunteer Page.

WMCHealth Health Equity Task Force

About

WMCHealth’s Health Equity Task Force is comprised of clinical experts and community stakeholders charged with ensuring that everyone in the region has an opportunity to attain the highest level of health as it relates to all facets of COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

View the WMCHealth Health Equity Task Force List

Overarching Focus

Ensuring that health equity is a priority woven into every facet of COVID-19 vaccination efforts (e.g., education, communication, dissemination, challenges, prevention efforts, etc.). Ensure that the array of diverse community perspectives and concerns are reflected in short-term and long-term vaccination program development and implementation efforts.

Specific Areas of Focus

  • Identify existing health disparities that exacerbate the COVID-19 burden on vulnerable communities and explore impact on possible vaccination efforts
  • Identify existing and prospective vaccination challenges, and broader social inequities, for marginalized communities impacted by COVID-19. Identify remedial measures to combat identified barriers.
    • External challenges (e.g., transportation, employment, internet access, etc.)
    • Internalized challenges (e.g., immigration status, misinformation, lack of trust, etc.).
  • Identify and examine opportunities to enhance vaccination efforts by providing greater access to vulnerable communities and general preventative medical care to reduce disparities and ensure better health outcomes.
  • Identify most effective communication strategies (reach and resonance) with vulnerable populations.
  • Provide recommendations for community trust building activities regarding vaccinations (e.g., education and awareness raising, durable partnerships with trusted anchor institutions and community organizations, etc.)
  • Provide ongoing feedback from local communities and vulnerable populations to better inform clinical treatment, administrative decision making, policy creation, and procedural implementation related to vaccinations.
  • Provide insight for vaccination efforts through lenses of racial, cultural, societal, and institutional perspectives. Identify cultural competence and health literacy components for clinical and non-clinical providers designed to enhance the patient experience and ensure greater clinical compliance.
  • Identify non-clinical points of access for vaccinations embedded in the local communities (e.g. libraries, churches, food pantries, etc.)
  • Ascertain “Best Practices” and other quantifiable success measurements for effective engagement with marginalized populations for future health equity efforts.
  • Leverage Task Force members and their networks for healthcare workforce diversification efforts. Said diversification has been proven to help reduce both unconscious bias and health disparities, both of which will negatively impact vaccination efforts.
  • Informally “deputize” Task Force members to act as vaccination ambassadors throughout the region thereby enhancing vaccination efforts in vulnerable communities.

Suspension of New Referrals for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

December 22, 2021

Effective immediately, WMCHealth Network will not accept new referrals for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment. The currently available mAbs are not effective against the predominant SARS-Cov-2 variant, Omicron.

According to the most recent CDC estimates, the Omicron variant now accounts for 92% of new COVID-19 cases in our region. Studies conducted by the FDA and others have demonstrated that the currently available monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) Bamlanivimab/etesevimab and Casirivimab/imdevimab are ineffective against the Omicron variant.

The mAb Sotrovimab is expected to be effective against the Omicron variant; however, national supplies and New York State allocations are extremely limited. Once Sotrovimab availability improves, we will resume referrals for mAb therapy.

Prevention remains the method of protection against COVID-19. We strongly recommend that all eligible people age 5 years and over receive COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, and mask and test when appropriate.

Please contact your primary care provider if you have any questions about COVID-19 prevention or treatment.

We remain committed to providing optimal care to patients in our region and will update this site as soon as more information is available.