Cut through the misinformation and get to the facts on this page, dedicated to giving you reliable and true information about the COVID-19 vaccines.
If you have questions about the vaccines that are not answered here, please call NYS' Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Public Health regularly updates vaccine information via a recording accessible by calling 845-513-2268.
For more information on NYS’s Vaccine Distribution Plan
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We are currently in Phase 1B.
NOTE: The list of those eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination is not a guarantee that vaccine is or will be available immediately to those listed. Vaccine supplies are currently very limited, and those providing the vaccines may require pre-registration and may temporarily halt vaccinations as supplies are exhausted.
Beginning January 11, 2021, eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1B:
- Individuals Age 65 and older
- First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agency
- Fire Service
- State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
- Local Fire Services, 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 or other Public Authority Police Departments
- State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, 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 for Any of the above services, agencies, or facilities
- Fire Service
- 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)
- Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
- Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
- 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 employees
- 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 household
- Individual 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
- Public-facing grocery store workers
- In-person college instructors
New Yorkers in Phase 1A continue to be eligible, as well:
- High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
- Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
- Federally Qualified Health Center employees
- EMS workers
- Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
- Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
- Urgent Care providers
- Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
- All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
- All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
- All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
- This includes, but is not limited to,
- Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
- Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
- Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
- Registered Nurses
- Specialty medical practices of all types
- Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
- Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
- Physical Therapists and their staff
- Optometrists and their staff
- Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
- Home care workers
- Hospice workers
- Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
For more details, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine#phase-1a.
For more information on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the New York State Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions Page:
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Want more information on how the vaccines provide immunity? Click here to visit CDC's "Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work".
Have more questions on the COVID-19 Vaccine? Click here to visit the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions page.
Would you like instructions for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine during the New York State vaccination program phase 1A? Click here.
Stopping this pandemic will require using all tools available. Wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing help lower your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. A vaccine will help your body fight the virus if you are exposed.
Experts need more time to understand the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on mask use. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.