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Posted on: January 11, 2021

State Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Availability to age 65 and Older as of Jan. 12

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NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Information


Vaccine appointments are being coordinated through a New York State hotline, at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829), and website, Translation services will be available.

General vaccine information can be found here:

View Gov. Cuomo and NYS Health Department Jan. 11 webinar on vaccination:

NYS is receiving a limited supply of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines from the federal government, and the state has implemented a phased approach to determine who is eligible to receive the vaccine.

Currently, those in Phase 1A (2.1 million New Yorkers) and Phase 1B (more than 5 million New Yorkers) categories, listed below, are eligible. The state is currently receiving 300,000 vaccine doses per week from the feds.

Once you have been determined to be eligible, you will be directed to a scheduling website for one of the providers with available vaccine, within a selected distance from your location.

Those scheduled to receive a vaccine must submit an online attestation to NYS that they are in an eligible group, and provide proof of eligibility at the vaccination site.

As of January 12, two New York State vaccination centers have been opened on Long Island, at Jones Beach in Nassau County, and in Suffolk at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook. 

 Northwell Health centers, including two in Riverhead, are also administering the vaccine.

Hospitals, health centers, and urgent care centers will continue to prioritize health-care workers and others in the Phase 1A vaccine eligibility group.  

Seniors age 65 and older, in the Phase 1B group, will be able to get vaccinated at pharmacies or at the state vaccination centers, based on available supply. Only those age 65+ will be able to get vaccinated at pharmacy sites at this time.

Vaccine will be distributed to individual doctors’ offices once the state begins to receive a larger allotment from the federal government.

Appointments are being scheduled up to 14 weeks ahead, state health officials said Monday night. 

As of Jan. 11, in addition to health care workers, EMTs, and others in Phase 1A of the vaccine roll-out, the following individuals included in Phase 1B are eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment:

 Individuals Age 65 and older

 First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies:

  • 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 of 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 : Court Officers, Other Police or Peace Officers, Support of Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities


    • 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)
    • 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 
    • 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 shelterwhere sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your the same household 
    • Individuals 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


Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A 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



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