Who can get vaccinated against the coronavirus in New York: the list includes much more than older adults and medical personnel

People queue outside Yankee Stadium to get vaccinated against coronavirus in the Bronx borough of New York, New York (Reuters)

“Our vaccine supply is going up, the positivity rate is going down, and we are one step closer to winning the war on COVID every day,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said to announce expansion of the list of those eligible to be vaccinated in the state. The thing is Today there are more than 50 categories to “be eligible” for the vaccine and starting tomorrow, February 15, the comorbidities will be added: any adult New Yorker of any age with some of the 13 conditions that were added qualify for the vaccine.

From today, in addition to doctors and nurses, in new York Teachers, employees of food stores, drivers of all public transport, all agents of the more than 10 State security forces, firefighters, funeral home employees, the population in street situations can be vaccinated … In total there are 52 categories (see the complete list below).

Y From Monday, February 15, any adult – regardless of age – who suffers any of the 13 conditions that are added to the list of patients at risk will be able to receive the vaccine against COVID-19: eCancer patients, disabled, heart patients, obese, among others (see below for the complete list).

The Jacob Javits Center of New York

The Jacob Javits Center of New York

“The numbers show that we are moving in the right direction, and to stay on track we must win the foot race between vaccinating New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible. We have the necessary infrastructure to put the vaccines in the arms as quickly as possible – we just need the supply to do it – and with a new leader in Washington we are finally starting to get more supply, which will allow us to open vaccination appointments to New Yorkers with comorbidities starting next week, ”Cuomo announced exultantly.

He added: “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.”

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York opened a website so that everyone who wants to get vaccinated can check if they fall into any of the enabled categories. The web is Am I Eligible’ (Am I eligible?).

With the expansion of the list, approximately 7 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

The 52 categories eligible to receive the vaccine today, February 14:

-People 65 and over who reside in New York

-First response or first response agency support staff

-State fire service, including firefighters and investigators (professionals and volunteers)

-Local fire service, including firefighters and investigators (professionals and volunteers)

-Police and Investigations

-State police, including police officers

-State Park Police, DEC Police, Rangers

-New York State University Police

-Sheriffs offices

-Country Police Departments and Police Districts

-City, town and village police departments

-Police departments of other public authorities

-State field investigations

Vaccination Center in the Bronx

Vaccination Center in the Bronx

-Emergency Communication Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians

-Other sworn and civil personnel

-Court officer

-Other police or peace officers

-Support or civil staff for any of the above services, agencies or facilities

-Staff from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, formerly the New York State Department of Correctional Services, including prison and probation officers

-Local correctional facilities, including correctional officers

-Local probation departments, including probation officers

-State centers for the detention and rehabilitation of minors

-Local centers for the detention and rehabilitation of minors

– Faculty or staff of P-12 schools (public or non-public) or school districts (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff, including bus drivers)

-Contractor working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)

– Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt day care staff

-Teachers and university instructors face-to-face

-Employees or support staff of licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group day care centers

-Group daycare provider licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt

-Airline and airport employee

-Passenger railroad employee

-Employee of the metro and public transport

-Ferry employee

-Employee of the Port Authority

-Public bus employee

-Grocery store employees facing the public, including convenience store and warehouse workers

-Individual living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of their home

-Individual who works (paid or not) in a shelter for the homeless where accommodation for sleeping, bathing or eating must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of their home, in a position where there is the possibility of interacting with the shelter residents

-Staff at Federally Qualified High Risk Hospitals and Health Centers, including NY Office of Mental Health psychiatric facilities

-Healthcare personnel or other essential high-risk personnel who come into contact with residents / patients working in Residences and long-term settings

-New York State Certified EMS (Express Mail) Provider, including, but not limited to, Certified First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician critical care provider, a paramedic, an ambulance emergency vehicle operator, or a non-certified ambulance attendant.

– County coroner or medical examiner, or employer or contractor who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids

-Licensed funeral director, or owner, operator, employee, or contractor of a licensed and registered funeral home in New York State, who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids

-Staff from an urgent care provider

-Staff administering the COVID-19 vaccine

-All front-line, outpatient, and high-risk healthcare workers of any age providing direct patient care in person, or other personnel in a position where they have direct contact with patients (i.e., admitting staff )

-All frontline and high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those who test for COVID-19, handle COVID-19 samples, and vaccinate with COVID-19

-Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers

-Staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and adult care facilities

-Restaurant workers.

-Restaurant drivers

-Drivers of rental vehicles

The 13 categories added from tomorrow, February 15, 2021:

Adult New Yorkers of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

-Cancer (current or in remission, including cancers related to 9/11)

-Chronic kidney disease

-Lung disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate to severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related lung diseases

-Intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome

-Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)

A healthcare worker administers an injection of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at an pop-up vaccination center operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City,

A healthcare worker administers an injection of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at an pop-up vaccination center operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City,

Immunocompromised status (weakened immune system), including but not limited to solid organ or blood or bone marrow transplants, immunodeficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other medications that weaken the immune system, or other causes

-Severe obesity (BMI 40 kg / m2), Obesity (body mass index [IMC] 30 kg / m2 or higher than 40 kg / m2)

-Pregnancy

Sickle cell anemia or thalassemia

-Diabetes mellitus type 1 or 2

-Stroke disease (affects the blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

-Neurological conditions, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

-Liver disease

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