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New York expanding vaccine eligibility to elderly, essential workers

The New York State Health Department will expand vaccine eligibility to those in Phase 1B of the state’s plan next week, and those people can begin scheduling appointments Monday.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 4:25 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 5:32 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Health Department will expand vaccine eligibility to those in Phase 1B of the state’s plan next week, and those people can begin scheduling appointments Monday. The state will also begin opening more distribution centers next week to accomodate the increased number of people eligible to get vaccinated.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the distribution centers will include doctor’s offices, federally qualified health centers, county health departments and ambulatory centers. A webinar will be held Monday to advise these venues on next steps.

Below is a list of people included in Phase 1B, and the approximate number of people in each population:

  • People over the age of 75 (1.4 million)
  • Teachers and other education workers (870,000)
  • First responders like police officers and firefighters (207,000)
  • Public safety workers (100,000)
  • Public transit workers (100,000)

Cuomo says the state currently receives roughly 300,000 doses per week. With 3.2 million New Yorkers falling into categories in Phase 1B, in addition to 1 million that still need to be vaccinated from Phase 1A, the health department estimates it will take 14 weeks to get through these populations.

The governor warned that, initially, the supply of vaccines available to people in Phase 1B would be limited, and health care workers in Phase 1A would take priority.

So far, 13,547 people in Phase 1A have been vaccinated in the Mohawk Valley, with 45,453 still to go.

The state is also asking large union groups to organize the administration of their group’s vaccinations if possible. This includes police stations, fire departments and teachers’ unions.

The pool of people who can administer vaccines has also been expanded to include:

  • Practical nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Midwives
  • Dentists
  • Podiatrists
  • EMTs
  • Eligible students

To schedule vaccination appointments at local hospitals, click here, and click on 'Sites for Vaccine Clinics.' Click on the specific hospital to register for an appointment at that location.

Anyone looking to get vaccinated must also fill out this form.

For more information about vaccination phases and how to get vaccinated, click here.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1279811

Reported Deaths: 41587
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1600187889
Kings1568738092
Suffolk1298042624
Nassau1160652581
Bronx1069555302
Westchester857231819
New York765463456
Erie524731390
Richmond455161388
Monroe44631780
Rockland32137817
Orange29078656
Onondaga27948535
Oneida16976352
Dutchess16963322
Albany16521260
Niagara12229248
Broome11255260
Saratoga937583
Schenectady8770128
Ulster7822196
Rensselaer6965106
Putnam657675
Chautauqua566064
Chemung5643108
Oswego496169
Ontario477082
Steuben4632131
Cayuga447471
Sullivan388749
Wayne372254
Genesee3689100
St. Lawrence368563
Herkimer368259
Cattaraugus342761
Jefferson327224
Madison317376
Livingston273742
Tompkins270724
Cortland266854
Columbia252472
Allegany237575
Montgomery226575
Tioga222854
Wyoming221244
Clinton220918
Fulton214053
Warren211942
Greene207860
Orleans194569
Chenango179544
Otsego173823
Washington154224
Lewis154024
Seneca123946
Franklin11649
Delaware102923
Essex98819
Schoharie9145
Yates83519
Schuyler72410
Hamilton1471
Unassigned53122
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