ALBANY, N.Y. – Pharmacies in New York can start vaccinating people with comorbidities, along with those 60 and older and education workers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday.
"New Yorkers with comorbidities are among our state's most at-risk residents, and access to the COVID-19 vaccine protects this vulnerable population as we work to defeat the virus and establish the new normal," Cuomo said. "As New York receives more doses and more people receive the vaccine, we're able to expand the population pharmacies can serve, and this is a commonsense step forward that will help make it easier to protect New Yorkers."
NEW: Pharmacies can now vaccinate New Yorkers with qualifying comorbidities. Those age 60+ and teachers can also continue to be vaccinated at pharmacies. #VaccinateNY
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 21, 2021
People with qualifying underlying conditions can present a doctor’s note, medical documentation or signed certification to validate their comorbidity.
The following local pharmacies are administering vaccines, and booking appointments on their websites:
People 16 and older with the following comorbidities or underlying conditions are eligible:
- Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
- Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
- Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
- Liver disease