COVID-19 February 17, 2021 Update: Onondaga County Executive Extends “Local Emergency Orders”, Onondaga County Vaccine Efforts – Includes Where to get the Vaccine? Links

The information provided below is an update to the COVID-19 pandemic in Syracuse and Onondaga County. As required by law, Local Emergency Orders must be renewed by the County Executive. This action is preceded by an assessment of data as presented by county and regional health departments. Rates such as percentage within a given county are reported by the State of New York and distributed daily by the Governor’s Office. The following are the recently renewed Local Emergency Orders. These will be evaluated on February 19th or as they expire for possible renewal at that time.

See Video: Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s COVID-19 Update – February 16, 2021

This briefing from the Onondaga County Executive is a detailed look at how Onondaga County is doing in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. This is where he provides our local official source of information including but not limited to; Hospitalizations, deaths, recoveries and vital vaccine information.

Local Emergency Orders

6.Local Emergency Order of The Onondaga County Executive Issued Pursuant to Proclamation of Emergency Order No. 6-PPP February 15, 2021 Requiring Self-Quarantine Pending Covid-19 Test Results LO #6-PPP (signed)

9.Local Emergency Order of The Onondaga County Executive Issued Pursuant to Proclamation of Emergency Order No. 9-KKK Issued February 13, 2021 Pertaining to Criminal Enforcement and Business Violations LO #9-KKK (signed)

13. Local Emergency Order of The Onondaga County Executive Issued Pursuant to Proclamation of Emergency Order No. 13-ZZ Issued February14, 2021 Pertaining to Outdoor Dining LO #13-ZZ (signed)

15. Local Emergency Order No. 15-TT of the Onondaga County Executive Issued February 14, 2021 -Pertaining to Employers’ Obligation to Provide Employee Roster to Health Department, If One Or More Employees Test Positive for Covid-19 LO #15-TT (signed)

16. Local Emergency Order No. 16-II of the Onondaga County Executive Issued February 15, 2021 Indoor Group Fitness Classes LO #16-II (signed)

19. Local Emergency Order No. 19 N of the Onondaga County Executive issues February 11, 2021 – 15% Cap on Food Delivery Service Fees and 5% on other related Fees. LO #19-O (signed)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: Who, What When and Where

COVID-19 is still spreading, even as the vaccine is here. Wear a mask, social distance, and stay up to date on New York State’s vaccination program. We are currently in Phase 1a and 1b of the New York State distribution plan, which prioritizes the distribution of the vaccine by population risk and essential worker phases. More individuals will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.

Onondaga County Clinic

Make an appointment at an Onondaga County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic HERE.

NEW! ONList for Seniors Age 65+
In partnership with Kinney Drugs, Onondaga County has created ONList for county residents who are age 65+ to preregister for COVID-19 vaccinations. Currently, all slots are filled and future openings will be announced.

Vaccine Information
For information about the vaccine, safety, distribution priorities, clinics, FAQs, and more:
• Visit the NYS COVID-19 vaccine website,
• Call the NYS Vaccination Hotline, 1.833.NYS.4VAX (1.833.697.4829).
• Call the Upstate COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 315.464.3979 (option #2)
• Email your questions to

New York State Clinics (including the Fairgrounds)

To make an appointment at a New York State-run vaccine site, “Am I Eligible” tool or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline, 1.833.NYS.4VAX (1.833.697.4829).

Clinics are NOT open to the general public and are by appointment only. If you are a member of Phase 1a or 1b and are currently eligible to receive the vaccine:

  1. Make an appointment for your FIRST dose
    Seniors or those without internet access can call 211 for assistance with scheduling an appointment. If there are no times available, please check back. Appointment times are added once the vaccine supply is confirmed each week. This assures there is enough vaccine for the number of appointments scheduled and prevents cancellations due to inadequate supply. There is no waiting list.
  2. Complete the two forms provided in your confirmation email.
    The confirmation email you receive once your appointment is made will have links to two New York State forms: a screening and consent form that will need to be printed and completed, and a form attesting to your eligibility status. The attestation form will provide a “Submission ID” which you can show on your phone.
  3. Provide proof of eligibility upon arrival at the clinic.
    Any person arriving for vaccination who does not have proof of their occupation or priority status will not be vaccinated. This can include government-issued ID proving age (65 or over), an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub. Alternatively, employers or organizations can provide a list of staff who meet the criteria for vaccination.
  4. Bring your insurance card with you to the clinic. Insurance information will be collected, but there will be no out of pocket costs. You do not need to have insurance to get the vaccine.

After receiving your vaccine, please register for v-safe, a smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins so you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects or report side effects through the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Second Dose

The COVID-19 vaccine requires a second dose of the same vaccine. They are not interchangeable. The second dose must be administered 21 days (Pfizer vaccine) or 28 days (Moderna vaccine) after the first dose. Those who receive the vaccine must return to the same location to receive the second dose unless NYSDOH approves an alternative due to extenuating circumstances.

If you received the first dose from an Onondaga County clinic you will be auto-scheduled for your second dose appointment. It will be at the same time as your first dose appointment on the date indicated on your vaccination card. You will be receiving a reminder email before your appointment with all the details. PLEASE NOTE: You must bring the vaccine card proving you received the first dose with you to your appointment.

Learn More
• New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program
• CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
• Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
• Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine