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Posted on: January 7, 2021

NYS Begins COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

COVID vaccine is here

Visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/for all the information from New York State and to check your eligibility for a vaccination.

The COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being allocated by the federal government to states; New York State is distributing doses to certified vaccination sites.
NYS has developed a phased approach regarding eligibility for the vaccine. The timeline will depend in part on how quickly the federal government can distribute supplies to states; New York State expects the supply to increase over time.

As of January 7, 2021, we are in Phase 1A of the vaccination distribution plan.

Eligible to be vaccinated in the Phase 1A stage: Healthcare personnel (doctors, nurses, and all healthcare workers who come into contact with the public, including individuals administering the COVID vaccine); first responders in medical roles (EMTs); medical examiners and coroners; funeral workers, ambulatory care providers; residents and staff of nursing homes and other congregate care facilities.
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has been reaching out to those eligible directly and through related organizations to make sure they are aware that they can get the first dose of the vaccine.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital staff will be receiving their final, second dose of the Pfizer vaccine beginning Jan. 7.

 Next phase 1B - Not expected to begin until end of January.
Eligible to be vaccinated in the Phase 1B stage:: “Essential frontline workers” (teachers and education workers, first responders such as police and firefighters, public safety workers, public transit workers) and those age 75 and older

Phase 1C will be “other essential workers” – definition to come from state ; plus those 16 years of age and older with high-risk medical conditions, and people 65 years of age and older

 Distribution of vaccine to general public will take place after Phase 1A, B, and C, and is not anticipated to begin until after the first week of February, or later

Who is/ will be administering vaccine?

Health care providers must apply to and get approved by the state to serve as vaccination sites. Health care providers may follow this link to begin the certification process: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-information-providers  According to NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to date as of Jan. 5, 2021, 3,762 providers have been approved statewide.

We urge all of our qualified local health care providers and pharmacies to get certified now, in anticipation of the date when the vaccine can be widely administered to the general public.

NYS has designated regional vaccine distribution hubs to create localized vaccine distribution plans, which must be approved by the NYS Health Department, and is working to qualify pharmacies, health centers, local health depts., urgent care clinics, private doctors’ offices, and other sites to administer vaccines

To relieve demand on vaccination sites, the state is “encouraging essential worker groups such as police departments, fire depts., educators, and public transit organizations to begin developing plans to vaccinate their workforce.”

 To prepare for maximum vaccination opportunities in East Hampton Town, the town has identified town-owned sites that could serve as community vaccination centers and is in discussions with state staff and with  local medical professionals about how to staff those sites if necessary.


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