NYSHFA Participated in the NYSDOH Webinar Today Regarding Phase 1 of COVID Vaccination

Jackie Pappalardi Lisa Volk and Tarrah Quinlan in Clinical & Quality

**Please note, the NYSDOH stated that vaccine information is changing rapidly, so this information is current as of today. NYSDOH will provide further updates as the vaccine is approved and NYS receives additional administration information.** 

General Information Update:

  • NYS will be utilizing the Pfizer vaccine
  • Orders of the vaccine have been placed by the DOH and will ship upon approval of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Application (this could be as early as December 15th)
  • Vaccination could begin as early as December 21st
  • The vaccination is not mandatory – facilities should keep track of those who receive vaccine
  • Need consent for vaccination under EUA 


  • 3 clinics (21 days apart) will be scheduled at each facility
  • The first visit will focus on vaccinating residents and approximately 1/3 of staff
  • Facilities will need to determine which staff will be vaccinated first – they should consider coverage of units if staff do not feel well after receiving vaccine
  • The second visit will provide second doses, the third visit will provide second doses for those who were added in second clinic
  • Recipients of the vaccine will need to be observed for 30 minutes after vaccination
  • Facilities should have emergency protocols in place to deal with adverse reactions to the vaccine 

Action After Onsite Clinics

  • At this time, the plan will be to have 10 Health Care Provider Hub Facilities across the state that will work with all state regions to assist in vaccinating the remaining 2/3 of staff 


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Tarrah Quinlan
Director of Education Program Development and Member Operation
518-462-4800 x20