Vaccine Eligibility Expands: Now People 65 and Older Can Get it

  Last modified on January 13th, 2021

With New York State now in Phase 1B of its coronavirus vaccine distribution, millions of NYC residents are eligible to be vaccinated at a growing number of sites throughout the boroughs.

NYC Health announced that as of Monday, January 11, the following groups would be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People 75 and older*
  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers

*On Tuesday, January 12, Governor Cuomo announced that those 65 or older would be eligible as well.

If you belong to one of these groups, the city has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Finder website through which you can search vaccine locations by address or zip code. The website is vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

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As of writing, two UWS locations are listed on the website:

  • GoHealth Urgent Care at 199 Amsterdam Avenue (69th Street). To schedule an appointment here, please visit this page.
  • Ryan Health at 110 West 97th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues). The schedule an appointment here, please visit this page.

There are also locations in Harlem, Midtown West and the Upper East Side, and more locations are expected to be added soon, so if those you find are not convenient, please re-check the website at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

In addition, NYC has launched a phone number you can call to schedule a vaccine appointment: 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.

All appointments must be scheduled in advance, and only the groups listed above should sign up. “If you’re currently not eligible for vaccination, please don’t sign up for an appointment at this time,” the website states.

If you’re still not sure if you are eligible, New York State has launched a website to help you find out: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

The website also suggests that if your’e not feeling well on your appointment day, you should reschedule, and that individuals without face coverings will not be admitted.

  


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