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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Information & Helpful Information

Posted on March 2, 2020


2020 Coronavirus Information

Updated: March 23, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE:

New York State has begun 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/.

Individuals currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 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
  • Individuals Age 60 and older
  • First Responder 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 of 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 or 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
  • In-person college instructors
  • 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
  • Grocery store workers
  • 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

Adult New Yorkers of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

  • 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)
  • Pregnancy
  • 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
  • Public-facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities
  • Public-facing essential building services workers

Starting March 23, 2021, eligibility for the vaccine will expand to cover the following:

  • Individuals age 50 and older

 

**The list is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as New York State obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

WHERE CAN I GET THE VACCINE?
The number of locations receiving vaccines for distribution to eligible people continues to expand, but vaccine supply remains a problem. Reservations are always required to get a vaccine.

I am someone eligible in Phase 1a or 1b but do not know where I can search to get an appointment. Where can I check to see if vaccines are available?
Suggested Vaccine Distribution Sites to Check for Availability (please remember you must be in Phase 1a or 1b, and appointments are always required):

Click here for a list of New York State-operated vaccination locations and availability through April 16th. This list gets updated regularly so check back often.
NYS periodically has arranged for additional “pop-up” locations to distribute vaccines. This week the Governor announced 35 NYS vaccination pop-up sites throughout the state in a news release and said that more sites will be added each week. The current list of sites as of February 3rd can be viewed here. In Westchester County sites are currently in Peekskill, Yonkers, and Mt. Vernon.
Municipalities have been asked to provide potential “pop-up” locations to be considered by NYS in the future as more vaccines become available. Rye Brook is identifying the AJP Community Center as an available site for consideration (note: this is currently NOT an approved NYS pop-up site).

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.

VACCINE SEARCH LINKS:
• NYS-run Vaccine Sites and Availability: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
• Northern Westchester Hospital Vaccine Appointments: https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007CNwPEAW
•CDC’s Vaccine search: https://vaccinefinder.org/
•NYC & Some Westchester Sites: https://www.turbovax.info/
•New York Vaccine Search: https://www.vaccinespotter.org/NY/

TRACKING COVID-19:

Click here for the Westchester County COVID-19 Tracker

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

Other Helpful Links:
• NYS Health Department: 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
• NYS – Find a Vaccine Test Site Near You (searchable by address): https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
• NYS Travel Information (out-of-state guidance): https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

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