Where you can get a COVID vaccine booster shot in Monroe County

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In the last few weeks, COVID cases in Monroe County have skyrocketed, and with more holiday gatherings around the corner, the CDC and Monroe County Health Department officials are urging people to get vaccinated.

But for those who have been vaccinated for over six months, a booster shot is recommended for any adult who wants them.

While the CDC gave the green light to mix and match vaccines, it's up to the provider to determine what booster you'll end up receiving.

More: As omicron is reported now in at least 15 states, officials push again for vaccines, boosters, masks: COVID-19 updates

How to schedule an appointment for a vaccine booster shot

Demand for COVID boosters has increased because of the expanded eligibility.

People looking to get a COVID booster vaccine can go to national pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, and Wegmans with appointments, or call your local pharmacy about the possibility of walk-in appointments.

But you might have better luck finding an appointment through the New York State or Monroe County clinics. At time of publication, there were county appointments for booster shots available through the end of December.

At time of publication, walk-in appointments are not available in Monroe County, but many New York State mass vaccination sites, such as the State Fair in Syracuse, accept walk-in appointments for all eligible individuals.

An exception is the state-run clinic the state is holding Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Booster at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center on 161 Chestnut Street, which is appointment only.

You can schedule your state booster appointment plus fill out the screening questions on https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

It's recommended you bring your CDC vaccine card that shows your previous vaccination dates.

As for Monroe County provided clinics, you can find appointments at https://healthcalls.monroecounty.gov/vac/form/boost.

Appointments can be facilitated through the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at: (585) 753-5555.

Where to go in Monroe County for COVID vaccines

Locations for booster shots via Monroe County include:

  • 112 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Rochester

  • 804 N Goodman St, Rochester

  • Action for a Better Community , 1150 Hudson Ave, Rochester

  • Action for a Better Community, 1772 Clifford Ave, Rochester

  • Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, 175 Genesee St, Rochester

  • Arnett Library Branch, 310 Arnett Blvd, Rochester

  • Brockport High School, 40 Allen St, Bldg 700 Central School Dr, Brockport

  • Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St, Rochester

  • David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St, Rochester

  • East Rochester High School, 200 Woodbine Ave, East Rochester

  • Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St, Rochester

  • Genesee Charter School, 657 East Ave, Rochester

  • Ibero Senior Family Center, 777 Clifford Ave, Rochester

  • Lincoln Library Branch, 851 Joseph Ave, Rochester

  • Lyell Library Branch, 956 Lyell Ave, Rochester

  • Maplewood Library Branch, 1111 Dewey Ave, Rochester

  • Pittsford Plaza (Lower Level Entrance by Century Wines) - 3349 Monroe Avenue, Rochester

    • Alternate days Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm. See the county's registration form/calendar for specific location dates.

  • Mall at Greece Ridge (Old Bed Bath & Beyond)

  • Spencerport High School, 2707 Spencerport Rd, Spencerport

If you feel like you're having a hard time finding appointments through the state, county, or any pharmacy, you could try calling your primary care doctor.

The CDC also has a location finder for vaccine providers.

Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you anywhere in the United States.

Learn more about vaccine boosters from the Finger Lakes COVID-19 vaccine hub.

https://www.flvaccinehub.com/booster

Need help getting a ride to a vaccine clinic?

Lyft and Uber are offering discounted or free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination clinics around Monroe County.

https://www.lyft.com/vaccine-access OR https://www.uber.com/us/en/coronavirus

Natalia Rodríguez Medina is a bilingual reporter covering the Puerto Rican and Latino population for the Democrat and Chronicle in partnership with Report for America. Follow her on Twitter at @nataliarodmed or email her at nrodriguezmedina@gannett.com. You can support her work with a tax-deductible donation to Report for America.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: COVID vaccine near me: Where to get booster shot in Rochester area