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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Information & Helpful Information

Posted on March 2, 2020


2020 Coronavirus Information

Updated: January 12, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:

New York State will begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. The State develops the program for distribution and authorizes the vaccination sites. Westchester County is currently in Phase 1a and Phase 1b, which is the below list.  Keep in mind that this information is fluid, so please check the New York State webpage to determine eligibility and find a vaccination location at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:
High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
Federally Qualified Health Center employees
EMS workers
Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
Urgent Care providers
Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
This includes, but is not limited to,
Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
Registered Nurses
Specialty medical practices of all types
Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
Physical Therapists and their staff
Optometrists and their staff
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
Home care workers
Hospice workers
Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Beginning January 11, 2021:
Individuals Age 65 and older
First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agencies
Fire Service
State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
Police and Investigators
State Police, including Troopers
State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
SUNY Police
Sheriffs’ Offices
County Police Departments and Police Districts
City, Town, and Village Police Departments
Transit or other Public Authority Police Departments
State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services and State Liquor Authority
Public Safety Communications
Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
Court Officers
Other Police or Peace Officers
Support of Civilian Staff for Any of the above services, agencies, or facilities
Corrections
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
P-12 Schools
P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
Public Transit
Airline and airport employees
Passenger railroad employees
Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
Ferry employees
Port Authority employees
Public bus employees
Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same household
Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
Public-facing grocery store workers
In-person college instructors

SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT:

The New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine and you will receive a submission ID.
For more information about eligibility, phased distribution and more, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know.


HELPFUL INFORMATION:

The Westchester County Department of Health has put out information about the Coronavirus disease, prevention, and additional public health resources on their website. The New York State Department of Health has  information on their website about the disease as well as a COVID-19 Hotline -(888)364-3065 .
If you’re planning to travel and have questions about the Coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website has information here.

Links:
• NYS Health Dept: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
• Westchester County Department of Health: https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus
• Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

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