New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Covid-19 Vaccine: Eligibility Opens for Over 75 and Essential Workers, How to Get the Vaccine

Governor Cuomo has expanded Covid-19 vaccine eligibility. Beginning today, millions more New Yorkers can begin making appointments to schedule their first dose of the vaccine. 
As part of this Phase 1B: any New Yorker 75 and over is eligible to begin taking the vaccine. 

The expansion also makes the vaccination available to:

  • Teachers, Child Care Workers, College Instructors, Education workers - 870,00 people
  • First Responders - 207,000
  • Public Safety workers - 100,000
  • Public Transit workers - 100,00 
  • Grocery workers & Shelter Residents

The closest city-operated locations to the district are:

NYC Health + Hospitals, Metropolitan
Hospital-Based Health Center/Clinic
1901 Fist Avenue, 4A, Manhattan, 10029
(between East 97th and 99th Streets)

NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue
Hospital-Based Health Center/Clinic
462 1 Avenue, Manhattan, 10016
(between East 26th and 28th Streets)
This past weekend, two new mega vaccination sites opened, one in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and the other in the Bathgate Contract Postal Station in the Bronx. As of today, the sites are operating 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Another mega-site is expected to open in Manhattan at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Wednesday, January 13.
No matter where you get your vaccine, EVERYONE must pre-register and make an appointment.
Anyone wanting to get vaccinated will also have to complete a NYS-Covid-19 Vaccine Form.
Through an Executive Order Governor Cuomo also expanded the list of healthcare-related trainees who can administer the vaccinations to the public to include:  

  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Midwives
  • Dentists
  • Certain Dental Hygienists
  • Podiatrists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Certain Eligible Students

If you would like to administer the vaccine, please get trained and visit the providers’ page to learn more.

Individuals being vaccinated are required to bring proof of eligibility to the vaccination site. This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.

The State is warning residents that it is possible that due to this expansion, wait times for the vaccine may extend into weeks. 

We are always here to help individuals and providers get the vaccine.


Ben Kallos
Council Member

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