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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: 1980337

Reported Deaths: 51418
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Kings2621119933
Queens2613019549
Suffolk1920063307
Nassau1759193106
Bronx1735626372
New York1307874308
Westchester1248812238
Erie811411694
Richmond700891744
Monroe603251034
Orange45755782
Rockland45439941
Onondaga35694661
Dutchess27720433
Albany23473343
Oneida21329497
Niagara17999332
Broome17239348
Saratoga14292160
Ulster12882241
Schenectady12332192
Rensselaer10567136
Putnam1011391
Chautauqua8304132
Chemung7081133
Oswego693990
Ontario681191
Steuben6231141
St. Lawrence615594
Sullivan606168
Cayuga582590
Jefferson542463
Wayne519667
Cattaraugus509880
Genesee5028121
Herkimer4896107
Clinton450132
Madison427385
Tompkins403449
Fulton402186
Livingston397058
Montgomery3861115
Columbia380999
Cortland352260
Tioga335758
Warren334956
Wyoming322651
Otsego315646
Allegany315483
Greene309474
Chenango304874
Washington282655
Orleans273483
Lewis243233
Franklin238312
Delaware213736
Seneca185756
Schoharie153815
Essex149326
Yates110126
Schuyler98313
Hamilton3012
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