The COVID-19 Vaccine
The FDA Officially Approves the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!
Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page for more information about this approval and the vaccines in general, including how to register for local vaccination clinics, facts about the vaccines, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.
It is important to understand that the vaccine will not give you COVID-19. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine use a small, harmless part of the virus’s genetic material called mRNA. mRNA vaccines teach our bodies to create virus proteins. Our immune systems develop antibodies against these proteins to help us fight the virus that causes COVID-19, if we become exposed to it.
The Johnson & Johnson (J&J / Janssen) vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Rather than mRNA, it uses the harmless "adenovirus" as a vehicle to introduce the coronavirus's genetic material to your immune system. The adenovirus inserts the material into your cells to produce the distinctive coronavirus protein, much like the mRNA vaccines. This again creates the coronavirus protein to be shown to your immune system, triggering the immune response that teaches your body to create antibodies to help us fight the virus that causes COVID-19, if we become exposed to it.
COVID-19 Visitor Response Plan
Please note that inpatient visitation at our network hospital locations has resumed in a limited capacity. This includes Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, A.O. Fox Hospital – Tri-Town Campus, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital.
Inpatient visitation hours at our hospital locations will include:
- Monday – Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Please see the below documents for more detailed information, including visitation guidance for specific settings at our hospital locations, for outpatient appointments, and for our long-term care facilities – as well as definitions for visitors and support persons:
- COVID-19 Visitor & Support Person Response Plan
- Tips for virtually connecting with loved ones using your personal device
Due to shortages of testing supplies, Bassett Healthcare Network locations are performing COVID-19 tests only for individuals in our region who meet the following criteria:
- Have symptoms of infection (fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, diarrhea, severe headache, or loss of taste/smell)
- Are patients who require testing prior to a medical procedure
- Are employees with suspected COVID-19 exposure
If you believe you have symptoms of the new coronavirus and need to be tested, please call Bassett's COVID-19 central phone line at (607) 547-5555. If it is determined that you meet the criteria for testing at a Bassett location, you will be given an appointment.
Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms and wish to be tested for COVID-19 will be referred to NYSDOH testing centers. Appointments are required for NYSDOH testing centers, and you must first register online. Click here to register and learn more.
Please be aware that when you search for a testing site on the NYSDOH website, Bassett's locations are included because we are offering COVID-19 testing. However, as outlined above, Bassett is prioritizing people with symptoms for testing due to the shortage of testing supplies; others will continue to be referred to NYSDOH testing centers unless a free Bassett testing clinic is available at the time.
For important mental health information, watch our “Coping During COVID-19” video.
Pre-Procedural COVID-19 Testing
For the safety of our patients, and as encouraged by the NYSDOH, Bassett Healthcare Network continues to require mandatory COVID-19 testing for all patients with upcoming surgeries and procedures that will require anesthesia. Patients undergoing a procedure who have an active COVID-19 infection are at a higher risk of serious complications, which is why this precaution is taken. If you have an upcoming procedure and have questions about COVID-19 testing, talk to your surgeon ahead of time.
NYSDOH Breakdown of Positive COVID-19 Cases
New York State Department of Health has created a COVID-19 tracking system that breaks down the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NYS daily, and lists other important information. Click here to learn more.
Local COVID-19 Resources
Emotional Support with Regional "Warm Line"
Need emotional support during the pandemic? Call the “warm line” for confidential peer support and self-help at (607) 433-0661 or 1-800-377-3281 (Note: The “warm line” is NOT a crisis hotline). The regional warm line is available 12:00pm — 10:30pm, seven days a week.
The “Warm Line” Offers:
- Isolation reduction
- Open sharing of feelings
- Non-judgmental listeners
- Confidential peer self-help
- Awareness into ways to help yourself
- Time to talk to someone who has ‘been there’
- Community service referrals and other means of finding growth and health
- Prearranged outreach calls to your home by peer workers, if this is requested
- Outreach call referrals, which can come from care managers, therapists, MCAT, or be self-referrals
The “warm line” is NOT a crisis hotline. For any crisis support, call the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) at (844) 732-6228. MCAT provides help during a crisis to children and adults in Oneida, Herkimer, Schoharie, Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango Counties.
Community Support Services
Setup & Use Instructional Videos for Respiratory Equipment
The FCC of Bassett has produced the following videos to assist patients in the proper setup and use of respiratory devices. To view these videos, please click on the following links: