Public Health & Nursing
How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness.
Currently, there are three main types of COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized and recommended or undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States.
Learn more about How the COVID-19 Vaccines work at the CDC's page:
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. In addition, the program can provide temporary rental assistance and assistance with unpaid utility bills.
For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/ERAP or call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368)
If you are a LANDLORD OR A RENTER and do not have reliable access to the internet or you need assistance in applying, please call: 518-746-2282 Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Get a Shot to Make Your Future Incentive
The "Get a Shot to Make Your Future" vaccine incentive is a public outreach campain to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to New Yorkers 12-17 years of age to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Parents or legal guardians of any New Yorker, ages 12 to 17, can enter their child who has received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, for a chance to win one of 50, four-year-full-ride scholarships (including, tuition, fees, room-and-board, and expenses) to any New York State public college or university.
The drawings will be conducted weekly, for five (5) weeks, beginning on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Ten weekly winners (for a total of 50 winners) will be announced each Wednesday.
Additional information is available at https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/vaccination-scholarship-incentive.
What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
Click the link below to learn more:
New York State Excelsior Pass
Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Visit the New York State Department o Health's Website to learn more:
We have been getting a lot of calls lately asking for COVID testing sites.
You can try your Primary Care Provider or check out NYSDOH's COVID Testing site page. You can search for sites near your zipcode.
Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection
Information for Consumers
Boiling water is a very effective way to disinfect unsafe water and make it ready to drink, and the public may be directed to boil their water if a condition occurs that could contaminate drinking water with microbiological organisms. Boiling water sounds simple enough, but protecting yourself and your family can be more complicated than it first appears.
Checklist for Residents and Homeowners (PDF, 155KB, 2pg)
2-1-1 is the one number to call to find or give help in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number to call for free and confidential community referral that connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help individuals find the help they need.
Whatever the need, the 2-1-1 Call Center has the information and expertise to make the right connections.
New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline
Are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency? Office of Mental health is there to help.
- Call: 1-844-863-9314
- Text: Got5 to 741741
- Visit : https://omh.ny.gov/
Addiction and Support
Addiction doesn’t take time off, and neither does the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol, substances, or gambling, treatment is available all across New York State.
Smoking/vaping or the use of opioids or methamphetamines have an affect on your lungs. Continued use can make some NYers more vulnerable if exposed to COVID-19.
Call New York State’s Hopeline at 1-877-846-7369. Text: 467369.
The Hopeline is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
Hopeline staff can answer your questions and help you find treatment in your area. Information and resources are also available on their website: OASAS.ny.gov
The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page:
Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. Teleconferences, video chats, and telephone support are being offered for support groups, care consultations, and educational workshops.
Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator for more information. Click here to visit the initiative’s website for a contact list.
Although the Warren-Washington County STD Clinic is cancelled until further notice, you can still call Warren County at 518-761-6580 with STD related questions.
Washington County Public Health has partnered with local EMS, Police and Fire Departments to provide Reflective Safety Vests to Washington County Residents.
You are more likely to be seen when wearing a reflector than any color clothing. (See Chart for Colors and distances.)
Click here to get the Safety Vest Program:Safety Vest Program Flyer Opens a New Window.
ServNY is New York States’ standardized volunteer registration program for disasters, and public health emergencies. Its goal to help local Volunteer Coordinators and the State Volunteer Coordinator manage events and to eliminate issues that arise when mobilizing healthcare and nonhealthcare volunteers during an emergency response.
Licensed health care professionals willing to respond to a disaster—either locally, statewide, or across the nation—are strongly encouraged to register with ServNY.
Registering before the need arises is important, as credentials are verified upon registration and periodically thereafter. This helps to ensure that when a community needs extra hands, those hands are qualified to provide the appropriate care.To register for ServNY, go to https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ Opens a New Window.