Frequently Asked Questions: school staff and the COVID-19 vaccine
Monroe One employees are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has limited appointments available. This list of FAQs has been prepared to help our staff members navigate the process in scheduling their vaccine when those appointments become available.
Are Monroe One employees required to get the vaccine?
No. The choice to sign up and receive a COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary.
What does the vaccine involve?
Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force. One that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. Both vaccines require two doses.
Where can I find out if I am eligible?
NYS has created this website for you to search for your eligibility status:
As of January 11, all of Monroe One BOCES employees are eligible to schedule their vaccine.
How can I schedule a vaccine?
In an effort to provide vaccines to school staff, the Monroe County Department of Public Health will periodically release a link for appointments.
Starting the week of February 15, MCDPH is opening up appointments for those eligible in phase 1b. This includes school faculty, staff, and contractors. Health officials expect to publish two scheduling links, to be made available after a shipment of vaccines arrive.
The most up-to-date information can be found here: monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine
Please note: Health officials ask that you check the website daily for updates and availability.
To check availability at a state site, visit NYS Vaccine Eligibility
New York State also has a vaccination hotline that can begin to be accessed at 1-833-697-4829.
You can also check your local Department of Health in your county of residence for appointments and clinics.
Twelve Rite-Aid stores in the Finger Lakes region are receiving vaccine doses.
Store locations are in Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Yates and Ontario counties.
Each store is receiving 100-200 doses. Rite-Aid has built a custom scheduling tool for its New York State stores. Appointments are for 65+ only, and should be made using this link only:
Are walk-ins being accepted?
No. At this time you can only receive a vaccine with an appointment.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
You need to bring a Consent Form and professional license or letter from your employer showing you are eligible for the vaccination.
How do I get those forms?
Monroe One BOCES Human Resources has developed an easy way for employees to get an approved Vaccine Verification letter to bring to their vaccination appointment. This is now available on Frontline Central.
Once in their account, an employee can go to My Forms > Forms I can Start. From there, locate the form and complete it.
It includes detailed instructions on how to complete the form and when to print it.
You can also access the MCDPH Consent Form through that Frontline form, or visit https://www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine
Will I have to use sick time in order to get the vaccine during the workday?
Yes. Similar to when you schedule a flu shot or other medical procedure, you will need to take regular sick time.
MCDPH plans to have evening and weekend appointments available.
Will I still be asked to get tested for COVID-19 at work while we are in a yellow, orange, or red zone?
Yes. We ask staff members to continue to participate in our COVID-19 testing even after getting the vaccine.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive on a viral test?
No. The authorized and recommended vaccines will not cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of the vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests.
Will I still have to wear a mask while at work after getting the vaccine?
Yes. While the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others. Monroe One employees will still be required to follow the Reopening Plan guidelines, which include masks and social distancing, in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
Health professionals explain the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild side effects after the first or second dose, including:
- Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
You'll likely be monitored for 15 minutes after getting a COVID-19 vaccine to see if you have an immediate reaction. Most side effects happen within the first three days after vaccination and typically last only one to two days.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (NYS)
Monroe County Department of Public Health vaccine information: https://www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine
Monroe County vaccine registration form: https://www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/vac/index/hcw
General Vaccine Information: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Am I Eligible? https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Phases: NYS information on phases
NYS vaccination form for NYDOH sites (Syracuse area): https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine