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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces: Ages 75yrs+ Can Scheduling with Providers Covid-19 Vaccination Appointment

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GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
For Immediate Release: 1/11/2021
Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
New York State | Executive Chamber |press.office@exec.ny.gov | 518.474.8418 


GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW YORKERS, INDIVIDUALS 75 AND OLDER CAN BEGIN SCHEDULING WITH PROVIDERS COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS 

  The Initial Groups of Phase 1b Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Include Individuals 75 and Older, First Responders, Corrections Officers, Teachers and Other School Staff; In-Person College Instructors, Childcare Workers, Public Facing Grocery Store Workers, Transit Workers and Individuals Living and Working in Homeless Shelters 

  Vaccine Administrations to Begin at Hundreds of New Sites This Week As Part Of New York's Newly Expanded Vaccine Distribution Network 

  Due to Limited Federal Distribution of Vaccine Supply All New Yorkers are Encouraged to Remain Patient When Scheduling Appointments  

Appointments Could Take Up to 14 Weeks Due to Limited Federal Allocation
  Click Here to Determine Eligibility and Schedule Appointments with Administrating Providers 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the  New Yorkers within priority group 1b can now begin scheduling appointments with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff;  in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters. Eligibility determinations and a list of nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled can all be done through New York's new 'Am I Eligible " app. New Yorkers can begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, January 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).  

Since federal supply severely limits the ability to distribute vaccine, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. New York's vast distribution network and large population of more than 4 million eligible individuals in this priority group dwarf the vaccine supply coming from the federal government, which is arriving at a rate of approximately 300,000 doses per week. As such, eligible New Yorkers should be prepared to receive an appointment date as far as 14 weeks in the future. 

"After ten long months, the expansion of eligibility for additional New Yorkers to begin making their COVID-19 vaccination plan is a light at the end of the tunnel," said Governor Cuomo. "The vaccine is the weapon that will end the war, and as we continue to prioritize healthcare workers as hospital capacity necessitates, New York is proud to have reached this milestone and we strongly encourage all who are newly eligible to schedule their free vaccination appointment as soon as possible."  

 Under New York's expanded eligibility, the following individuals will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: 

  • Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:
    • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
    • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
    • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
    • EMS workers
    • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
    • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
    • Urgent Care providers
    • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
    • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
    • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
    • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
    • This includes, but is not limited to, 
      1. Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff 
      2. Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
      3. Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
      4. Registered Nurses
      5. Specialty medical practices of all types
      6. Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
      7. Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
      8. Physical Therapists and their staff
      9. Optometrists and their staff
      10. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
      11. Home care workers
      12. Hospice workers
    • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
  •  Beginning January 11, 2021 Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b:
    • Individuals Age 75 and older
    • First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agency 
      1. Fire Service 
        • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
        • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      2. Police and Investigators 
        • State Police, including Troopers
        • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
        • SUNY Police
        • Sheriffs' Offices
        • County Police Departments and Police Districts
        • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
        • Transit or other Public Authority Police Departments
        • State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services and State Liquor Authority
      3. Public Safety Communications 
        • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
      4. Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel 
        • Court Officers
        • Other Police or Peace Officers
        • Support of Civilian Staff for Any of the above services, agencies, or facilities
    • Corrections 
      1. State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
      2. Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
      3. Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
      4. State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
      5. Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • P-12 Schools 
      1. P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
      2. Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers 
      1. Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
    • Public Transit 
      1. Airline and airport employees
      2. Passenger railroad employees
      3. Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
      4. Ferry employees
      5. Port Authority employees
      6. Public bus employees
    • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
    • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
    • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • In-person college instructors

Until this point, 2.1 million New Yorkers in priority group 1A have been eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes patient-facing health care and other critical hospital workers, seniors living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, and people with disabilities living in congregate settings. Distribution sites were established directly within hospitals, FQHCs, and urgent care clinics to provide direct access to all those eligible. To further accelerate the vaccination rate of priority health care workers, and begin the vaccination of group 1B essential workers and 75-plus year olds, New York has established a network of distribution sites that will supplement the work being done in hospitals to prevent any one hospital from becoming overburdened. 

This new network will utilize doctors' offices, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers and pharmacies to get doses in the arms of eligible New Yorkers. More than 1,200 pharmacies have already committed to participating in this network, with nearly 500 scheduled to come on-line this week. Providers across the state will begin accepting vaccination reservations on Monday, January 11 when a centralized state website goes online that lists nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled. Pharmacies will be provided vaccines for New Yorkers aged 75 and older, while hospitals will continue vaccinating 1a healthcare workers, and local health departments and union-organized efforts will serve essential workers in 1b. 

Additionally, the Department of Health is setting up 20 mass distribution sites throughout the state over the next several weeks to support all categories of eligibility. Opening on Wednesday: 

  • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (NYC) 
  • Westchester County Convention Center (Westchester County -  in partnership with County Health Dept. and Westchester Medical Center) 
  • State Fairgrounds (Onondaga County - in partnership with County Health Dept.) 

Additional sites will be launched in the days to come. 

Under this expanded vaccination network, hospitals will continue to prioritize unvaccinated members of 1A: health care workers. Additionally, large union groups, including but not limited to police, firefighters and educators, have been asked to organize plans for vaccinating their members to the extent possible, incorporating coordination and partnership with local health departments. This will enable other providers in the network to focus on New Yorkers over the age of 75, which represents the largest group in 1B at approximately 1.4 million people. 

Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
New York State | Executive Chamber |press.office@exec.ny.gov | 518.474.8418

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