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Staying Safe: Dealing with the Delta Variant

  • The CDC called the Delta COVID variant one of the most infectious respiratory diseases ever seen.
  • People infected with the new strain can carry 1,000 times more virus in their nasal passages than people with the original strain.
  • More than 80% of the uptick in COVID cases is due to the Delta variant.
  • Getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to protect yourself.

Get Vaccinated

Book an appointment now with a NYS vaccine site by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or going to the Am I Eligible website. Continue to watch for updates on MyChart as well as our website and Facebook page.

Visitation Policy

Before you visit, review our visitation policies for our hospitals and off-site locations.

COVID Testing & Pricing

Learn about COVID testing, how to get a COVID test, and approximate costs.


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COVID Safety Measures at UR Medicine

UR Medicine hospitals, urgent cares and doctor’s offices have been redesigned to keep you and your loved ones safe.

With your safety and needs in mind, we've also added more telemedicine visits. Contact your provider to determine the type of appointment that’s best for you.


Following CDC guidelines, New York State requires that everyone wear a mask in all of our facilities; our health care teams also wear protective equipment.


When you enter our facilities, we check you for symptoms and ask about recent travel.


Waiting Rooms

We’ve spaced out chairs, added dividers, and changed visitor guidelines to safeguard you.



Thorough cleaning and sanitation processes are in place for all patient rooms and common areas.


Frequently Asked Questions About COVID and Vaccines

The most up-to-date information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website. Below are answers to questions often posed by our patients and families:

The Centers for Disease Control has deemed COVID vaccines safe. You can find answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination on the CDC website. CDC also has information for busting common vaccine myths available in facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19.

University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have been heavily involved in vaccine trials, so we have a good sense of how these vaccines were developed and how safe they are. While it’s true that they were developed much more quickly than past vaccines, they were still subject to large trials and strict review by independent scientists.

The process moved quickly in part because groundwork had already been done on vaccines for other, similar coronaviruses, meaning parts of the process that could otherwise have taken years were already completed. In addition, trials were combined and manufacturing began before the trials were done. "However, no steps were skipped and safety remained a top priority," said Angela Branche, M.D., who co-directs URMC’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit where she has led research on many of the first coronavirus vaccines to be distributed. "More than 100,000 volunteers were injected with the vaccines to ensure they would not cause significant adverse effects."

Read more about coronavirus vaccine safety and efficacy.

Getting a coronavirus vaccine will not give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines currently being developed, tested and distributed in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19; they use other methods to stimulate our bodies to recognize and fight the virus. Learn about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

Coronavirus vaccines are designed to teach our immune systems to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. This process can cause symptoms, such as fever, in some individuals. This is common and a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

No serious side effects requiring hospitalization have been reported in clinical trials. In addition to fever, some trial participants reported fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and chills, all lasting about 12 to 24 hours.

As with any vaccine, an allergic reaction is possible but rare. If you know you have severe allergic reactions, you should make sure you receive the coronavirus vaccine in a medical setting where these rare reactions can be effectively treated.

Scientists don’t know for sure, but believe it will last at least for many months. It is too soon to know whether the coronavirus vaccine will need to be an annual shot, like the flu vaccine, and, if it is, whether the same vaccine will work every year.
It’s unclear at this time if coronavirus vaccines will be needed annually like the flu shot. Scientists at URMC and other institutions are studying the immune response to COVID-19 infection and vaccination; we will know more as they gather additional data. Read about URMC’s research on the immune response to coronavirus: Study 1 | Study 2
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant: Pregnancy is a high-risk condition for severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization and death. Based on limited data and since the theoretical risk of fetal harm from mRNA vaccines (such as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) is very low, the benefits from vaccination greatly outweigh these risks in anyone exposed to COVID-19. Please discuss COVID vaccination with your OB provider if you have questions.  
  • If you are breastfeeding: Based upon the limited information that is available, physicians and researchers believe it will be safe for use during breastfeeding.​ Please discuss with you OB provider if you have questions.

Kate Ocon with Her DaughterCOVID Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

When Kate Ocon found out she was pregnant in November 2020, she thought about the COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon — and she thought she wouldn’t get one. A lot has changed in the few months since then.

Read the full article in the URMC Newsroom.

Coronavirus vaccines should be safe for individuals with autoimmune disorders, but we don’t yet know how effective they will be.

Contact Us, We're Here For You

If you have a health concern, please call your provider or send us a message on MyChart to make an appointment. If you don't have a provider, use our Find a Physician tool to see all of our doctors who are accepting new patients. We will give you care in the way that is best and safest for you and your health.