COVID-19

The COVID-19 Vaccine

Bassett Vaccination Clinics

Please be advised that Bassett Healthcare Network has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. When more vaccines become available from New York State (NYS), we will update the state’s scheduling portal for Bassett locations authorized as a vaccination site. Please continue to visit this page and our social media pages for updates on our vaccination clinics as they become available.

Steps for Making a Vaccination Appointment

While our current vaccination clinics are fully booked, please continue to check this page and the below scheduling links for updates. If you are currently eligible and are looking to schedule a vaccination appointment, follow the below steps: 

  1. Continue checking this page for information regarding vaccine supply and vaccination clinics. You may also want to check your county health department website, as health departments and pharmacies may receive a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine sooner.
  2. Once Bassett does receive a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible individuals, visit the below state scheduling portal links to schedule an appointment. Please note: At this time, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi are not state-authorized vaccination sites:
  3. On the day of your scheduled vaccination appointment, before receiving your vaccine, complete the required online NYS COVID-19 vaccine form.

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Guidelines:

As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b of the state's distribution process are eligible for the vaccines. Please visit the NYS COVID-19 vaccine page for more information and resources, including which New Yorkers are currently eligible, an online form that checks your eligibility and provides vaccination locations (note that depending on the county you live in, there may not currently be any scheduled clinics for Phase 1b), and the online NYS COVID-19 vaccine form – which must be completed on the day of your appointment before receiving your vaccine. These pages will be updated regularly, so check back for the most up-to-date information on eligibility requirements and vaccination clinics.

Updated Eligibility Guidelines:

On January 12, 2021, NYS expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people aged 65 and older.

On January 11, 2021, NYS announced that in-person college instructors / faculty are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bassett Healthcare Network's Vaccine Distribution

Due to a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, health care workers were prioritized to receive the vaccine first. Bassett Healthcare Network is currently completing vaccination of prioritized health workers (Phase 1a) and planning for Phase 1b according to guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). We are following guidance from the NYSDOH and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding vaccine distribution, and will update this page as soon as we are able to expand our distribution.

While the vaccine is not expected to be available to the general population for some months, we are working hand-in-hand with our county and state health departments and other regional health partners to prepare for that phase of the vaccine distribution process. Please visit our update on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility page for more information.

How the Vaccines Work

It is important to understand that the vaccines will not give you COVID-19. A vaccine works by teaching our immune systems how to recognize and fight off a virus if we ever truly encounter it. The vaccines are safe, research is proving their effectiveness, and they're one of the many steps that we can take together to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines from the NYSDOH and the CDC.

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older (Pfizer) and 18 years of age and older (Moderna) under an Emergency Use Authorization.

Having the facts about these vaccines will help you and your family make informed decisions once the vaccines are available to the public:

 

COVID-19 Visitor Response Plan

We have tightened visitor restrictions at all of our hospitals and nursing homes. Only individuals considered essential to the medical care of a patient are allowed at Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, and O'Connor Hospital.

Click here to learn more about our decision to tighten visitor restrictions.

Click here to view our tips for virtually connecting with loved ones using your personal device.

 

COVID-19 Testing & Online Screening

As resources allow, Bassett Healthcare Network, in conjunction with our state and county health partners, is scheduling free clinics throughout our region for individuals with no symptoms who want to be tested for COVID-19. Please check this page and our news section frequently for COVID-19 testing clinic updates, including locations, dates, and times.

In general and 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, unless a free Bassett testing clinic is available at the time. 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.

Are you concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Take our free COVID-19 online screening test.

For important mental health information, watch our “Coping During COVID-19” video.

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

Click here to view a list of local and national 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: