New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution Tuesday to people 65 and over, increasing access to an already short supply of doses being distributed through an overtaxed system some users have found time-consuming.
The state had already dramatically expanded vaccine eligibility beyond health care workers on Monday to include people 75 and older and to police officers, teachers, and other key professions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the lower age eligibility Tuesday, even as a state vaccine hotline was temporarily not accepting calls due to high call volumes.
Just yesterday Executive Curran expressed her dismay in not receiving enough vaccines:
I, along with our residents, am frustrated with NY State’s online vaccine registration system – which has been experiencing persistent crashes due to high demand from increased eligibility.
These failures are unacceptable and the State must resolve these issues immediately.
— Laura Curran (@NassauExecutive) January 12, 2021
People over 65 years old can get vaccinated NOW. If you know one, tell them!
We’ll reach out with thousands of phone calls, flyers, and mailers to inform them all.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 12, 2021
NYS dramatically increased the delivery of vaccines Overnight:
665,172 doses have been administered as of 3:00pm today – an increase of 60K in the last 24 hours.
-570,556 in hospitals
-94,616 in Long Term Care facilities
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 12, 2021
Click HERE to see if you are eligible, schedule appointments, and find your closest vaccination location.
What is the Vaccine Finder?
The Vaccine Finder is a one-stop site for New Yorkers to find their nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. The Vaccine Finder can also provide New Yorkers with information to schedule vaccination appointments.
To get started, type in an address, ZIP code, or click “near me” to find a list of nearby provider locations. You will also see links and phone numbers to schedule an appointment.
Each site manages its own schedules and appointments. This tool is intended help make site information – including scheduling options – easily accessible to New Yorkers.
Who can get vaccinated right now?
Currently, the vaccine is being provided to people 65 and older, teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, healthcare providers and staff with direct patient contact, emergency responders, staff at COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations, home health aides, and long-term care staff and residents among others. Click here for more details on the groups currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
What should I do before I go to a vaccination site?
Vaccinations at all sites are done by scheduled appointment only. The sites are not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you are currently not eligible for vaccination, please do not sign up for an appointment.
Wear a face covering to your appointment. You will not be admitted to the site without one.
You will also need to complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form (PDF) before your appointment. The person administering the vaccine is required to check that you completed the form before you can get vaccinated.
In addition, if you are eligible for vaccination based on your job, you must bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID card, a letter from your employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub to your appointment. If you are eligible for a vaccine based on your age, you must be able to show proof of age.
Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
Why should I get vaccinated?
By getting vaccinated, you are helping protect yourself, your family and your friends. You are also helping make your community safer. In clinical studies, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 94% effective at protecting participants from COVID-19. They were also shown to be safe and that you cannot get COVID-19 from them.
Do I need to keep taking precautions after I am vaccinated?
Yes! Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: staying home if you are sick, washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping physical distance from others.