The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination effort in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people.
After a frustratingly slow rollout involving primarily health care workers and nursing home residents, states are moving on to the next phase before the first one is complete. Those in Phase 1B could start scheduling appointments in New York on Jan. 11.
With more than 1 million waiting to receive the vaccine in Phases 1A, and more than 3 million in Phase 1B, NYS Department of Health plans to set up 20 mass distribution sites, including:
- Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City
- Westchester County Convention Center in Westchester County
- State Fairgrounds in Onondaga County
They are making shots available to such groups as senior citizens, teachers, bus drivers, police officers, firefighters and people with underlying medical conditions.
New York State plans to utilize doctors' offices, federally qualified health centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers and about 1,200 pharmacies to get doses to those in Phase 1B.
Most local hospitals were already booked for the week of Jan. 11.
For more information on who is eligible and how to schedule an appointment, click here.