A state COVID vaccination form. Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office via Flickr
As of today, New York state expanded the eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to the initial groups of phase 1B, which includes education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, public-facing grocery store workers, and New Yorkers 75+. This is in addition to the healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff in group 1A. Now that roughly five million New Yorkers qualify, the state has launched a new website that will tell you if you’re eligible. If you are, you’ll be directed to a list of providers that you can call to make an appointment.
New York City residents can also find providers through the city’s newly launched Vaccine Finder website. As with the state’s site, it will provide a list of providers and their phone numbers for making an appointment.
New Yorkers should be aware, though, that just because they’re eligible doesn’t mean they’ll get an appointment any time soon. The state is currently receiving just 300,000 doses a week. At that rate, Governor Cuomo explained, it would take 14 weeks, or until mid-April, to vaccinate all those in phases 1A and 1B.
“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 in a statement today. “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.”
You can find the state’s website HERE and the city’s HERE. New Yorkers can also begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, January 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). For more information on the specific groups eligible under 1B, click HERE.
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