Eligibility for Covid-19 Vaccine Expands

 New Yorkers within priority group 1b can now begin scheduling appointments Monday afternoon with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Yorkers can begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, Jan. 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).  Eligibility determinations and a list of nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled can all be done through New York’s new ‘Am I Eligible ” app

Those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff;  in-person college instructors, childcare workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters.

Eligibility determinations and a list of nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled can all be done through New York’s new ‘Am I Eligible ” app. New Yorkers can begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 4PM on Monday, Jan. 11: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

Eligible New Yorkers should be prepared to receive an appointment date as far as 14 weeks in the future.

Vaccine eligibility form

The following are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

  • Individuals Age 75 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
  • Corrections
  • 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
  • Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting
  • Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers
  • 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 shelter where 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

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