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New Yorkers with Comorbidities or Underlying Conditions Can Schedule Vaccines Starting Sunday

Governor Cuomo Announces Mass Vaccination Sites to Increase Capacity for Individuals with Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions, Who Can Begin to Schedule Appointments Sunday Morning 

Appointments Coming Online on Sunday and Throughout the Following Weeks at State Mass Vaccination Sites  

Image comes courtesy of the NY Governor’s Office (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s vaccination program and announced that individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions can use the Am I Eligible‘ website starting tomorrow morning. As of 11AM today, New York’s health care distribution sites have received 2,129,135 first doses and already administered 90 percent or 1,923,259 first dose vaccinations and 83 percent of first and second doses. The week 9 allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.      

“Our vaccine supply is going up, the positivity rate is going down and we’re getting one step closer to winning the war against COVID each day,” Governor Cuomo said. “The numbers show that we’re moving in the right direction, and to maintain this trajectory we must win the footrace between vaccinating New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible and keeping the infection rate down. We have the infrastructure in place to get shots in arms as quickly as possible – we just need the supply to do it – and with a new leader in Washington we’re finally beginning to get more supply, allowing us to open vaccination appointments up to New Yorkers with comorbidities starting next week. We can almost see the light at the end of this dark tunnel, and it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and act responsibly so that we can defeat this beast once and for all.”     

The Am I Eligible screening tool will be updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions at 8AM on Sunday, with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. Starting next week, local health departments will also receive vaccine allocations for these individuals. People can use the following to show they are eligible:

Doctor’s letter, or Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or Signed certification 

 

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