(East Farmingdale, NY)- New Yorker’s age 65 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. The New York State guidance was updated on Tuesday morning after the Federal Government changed the speed of delivery and requirements for the available shots. The Federal Government is also recommending that younger people with certain health problems be added to the list of people eligible.
According to the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the list of people now eligible includes
- Person’s aged 65 and older
- First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies, including; Fire Service, State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer), Local Fire Service, 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 Service, 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 including; Court Officers, Other Police or Peace Officers, Support or Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities
- Corrections including; 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 including;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), In-Person College Instructors, Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting, Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers, In-Person College Instructors
- Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers
- Public Transit including; 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 employee
- 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.
In Suffolk County: County Executive Steve Bellone, suggests residents check Northwell for appointments; https://www.northwell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine
In Nassau County: County Executive Laura Curran, suggests residents text the word COVID19NC to 888-777 to schedule an appointment, additional access to appointment scheduling and information is available; https://www.nassaucountyny.gov//Vaccine
You can also check eligibility and schedule an appointment for a vaccine through New York State by calling 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) or on the ‘Am I Eligible ” app. Additional information can be found here https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Photo: A vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is displayed at a clinic organized by New York City’s Department of Health, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)