ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- The state announced groups identified in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan would be eligible to receive the vaccination along with groups identified in 1a. It means essential workers and residents over the age of 75 can begin making reservations on Monday, January 11, according to the state.
In part one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State address, he said the state currently receives 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and that it would take 14 weeks to vaccinate all those New Yorkers currently eligible in groups 1a and 1b.
The state said there are 3.2 million residents in group 1b that are now eligible to get vaccinated. They also said 20 mass distribution sites will be opened up in the upcoming weeks.
“We are establishing a network of thousands of providers statewide to both supplement the work of hospitals to vaccinate health care workers, as well as begin the vaccination of other essential workers and individuals 75 and older,” Governor Cuomo said last Friday.
“The federal government controls the supply, so as we continue to receive more, New York will not only ensure doses are distributed in the most fair and socially equitable way possible, but that health care workers continue to be prioritized so our hospitals remain safe and staffed,” he said.
New Yorkers eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 11
- People 75 years old+
- First responders and support staff including firefighters, investigators (professional and volunteer), State Police, State Troopers, State Park Police, Department of Environmental Conservation Police, Forest Rangers, SUNY Police, County/City/Town/Village police departments, Sheriff’s Offices, and State field investigators (Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Taxation and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and the State Liquor Authority).
- Public Safety Communications including Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel (dispatchers and technicians).
- Sworn and Civilian Personnel including court officers, police or peace officers, and support staff.
- Department of Corrections.
- Preschool-high school teachers, staff, and administrators as well as childcare providers and college instructors teaching in-person.
- Public-facing grocery store workers.
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