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Individuals who are in Phase 1a or 1b of the New York State’s Phased Distribution Plan are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.    

COVID-19 vaccine remains in very limited supply and demand far exceeds supply.  Governor Cuomo estimates it will take 7 months to vaccinate the current eligible groups (approximately 7 million people) based on projected supply.  New York receives approximately 250,000 to 300,000 doses each week, which then is distributed throughout the state.

This page provides information about vaccination options in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance.    

The current status is updated each week as New York State provides notice of vaccine allocation for various Dutchess County locations. 

Vaccine Availability and Appointments

New York State Sponsored Sites  

New York State vaccination sites are open to all Phase 1a and 1b eligible individuals. 

The closest state sponsored sites to Dutchess County are Westchester County Center and SUNY Albany.

To find out about available appointments at these sites:

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health 

Points of Dispensing (POD) Vaccination Centers

The County has two POD locations – at the former JCPenney store at the Poughkeepsie Galleria and Dover High School. These sites are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Appointments for County POD locations must be made online. Appointment availability is dependent on vaccine supply. New appointment sign-ups are opened as the County receives confirmation of vaccine supply from New York State. Appointment sign-ups are posted on this page.

Residents can sign up to receive email notification when new appointments are opened. Appointments fill very quickly once they are posted as supply is limited.

As per NYS guidance, local health departments are to prioritize Phase 1b essential workers (such as police, fire, teachers, public transit workers).



Pharmacies have begun receiving very limited vaccines doses from New York State. As per NYS guidance, pharmacies are only vaccinating people 65 years and older. Residents can check with their local pharmacy or the pharmacy’s website for information.


Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Urgent Care or Ambulatory Care Providers

These facilities are currently prioritizing 1A population as per NYS guidance, but may vaccinate any eligible recipient.

Federal Qualified Health Centers located in Dutchess County:

Sun River Health - Amenia, Beacon, Dover, Poughkeepsie
Vaccine information & appointment page:

Family Practice Center - Hyde Park
Vaccine information & appointment page:


Physician Networks and Practice Groups 

Doctors’ offices have not yet begun receiving vaccine from New York State. As per NYS guidance, these physician groups will only be vaccinating people 65 years and older when they initially receive vaccine.  Physician groups will notify their patients as vaccinations are available.  


Veterans Affairs Hospitals and Clinics

The Office of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering vaccination appointments to VA health care personnel as well as veterans who:

  • Are age 75 and older;
  • Have underlying health conditions;
  • Are living in VA homeless housing; OR
  • Work with veterans

Who can get a vaccine?

New York State is currently distributing COVID-19 vaccines, as part of its phased plan, to high-risk priority population groups. Learn more about who is currently eligible on the State’s website.

You can also check your eligibility on the State's "Am I Eligible?" applicationThe application will ask for information such as your name, where you live, and what you do for a living. If you are in a priority group currently eligible for vaccination, the site will show you the locations of nearby health care providers who can give you the vaccine.

If it’s not yet your turn, you can check back anytime to find out when the time is right.

Phase 1a

Eligible individuals in phase 1a of the State's plan include:

  • All high-risk, in-person healthcare workers
  • EMS workers
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • Coroners, Medical Examiners, and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care centers, and other congregate care facilities
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities ('O' agencies)
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

See the full list on the State's website.

Phase 1b

Governor Cuomo announced that individuals in Phase 1b are eligible for vaccination starting Monday, January 11th:

  • Teachers and education workers, including contractors and in-person college instructors
  • First responders (police, fire, ambulance operators, and corrections officers)
  • Public safety workers (dispatchers and emergency communications personnel)
  • Public transit workers
  • People age 65 and older
  • Individuals living or working in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
  • Public-facing grocery store workers

See the full list on the State's website.

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