People with co-morbidities can start scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Sunday mornings; The website is experiencing a high volume of use


A member of the medical staff prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. On Thursday, January 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday briefed New Yorkers about the state’s immunization program and announced that people with comorbidities and underlying conditions can use the “Am I eligible” website from 8:00 am Sunday. As of Saturday morning, New York City healthcare distribution sites received 2,129,135 first doses and have already administered 90% or 1,923,259 first-dose vaccinations and 83% of first and second doses. The federal government week 9 allowance continues to be returned to providers for administration.

“Our vaccine supply is increasing, the positivity rate is decreasing and we are getting closer to victory against COVID every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “The numbers show that we are moving in the right direction, and to maintain this trajectory, we need to win the race between vaccinating New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible and keeping the infection rate low. We have the infrastructure in place to get gunfire as quickly as possible – we just need the supply to do it – and with a new leader in Washington, we’re finally starting to get more supply, this which allows us to open vaccination appointments to New Yorkers with comorbidities from next week. We can almost see the light at the end of this dark tunnel, and it is essential that all New Yorkers continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and act responsibly so that we can defeat this beast once. for all. ”

the “Am I eligible” The screening tool will be updated for people with co-morbidities and underlying conditions at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with new appointments posted on an ongoing basis over the next few weeks. From next week, local health services will also receive vaccine allocations for these people. People can use the following to show they are eligible:

  • Letter from doctor, or
  • Medical information demonstrating comorbidity, or
  • Signed certificate

About 7 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government has increased the weekly supply by more than 20% over the next three weeks, but New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far outweigh the supply from the federal government. Due to the limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up to walk-in vaccination sites.

When the appointments went live on Sunday, many New Yorkers attempted to secure appointments, which overwhelmed the system. Many have received warnings like this:

The immunization program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York City for the state immunization program, and do not include those reserved for the federal long-term care facility program. A breakdown of the data based on the numbers reported to New York State at 11 a.m. today is as follows. The allocation totals below include 80 percent of the Week 9 allocation that will finish distributing to New York vendor sites on Sunday. The total week 9 allocation also includes some excess vaccine doses that have been reallocated from the federal long-term care facility program.


  • First doses received – 2,129,135
  • First doses administered – 1,923,259; 90%
  • Second doses received – 1,129,450
  • Second doses administered – 772,510
Region Total doses received(1st and 2nd) Total doses administered(1st and 2nd) % of total doses administered / received(1st and 2nd)
Capital region 207,005 166,773 81%
New York Center 169,590 140,806 83%
Finger lakes 196,435 171 825 87%
Long island 403.505 348,562 86%
Mid-Hudson 305,865 242 666 79%
Mohawk Valley 91,530 69,730 76%
New York City 1,470,690 1,177,506 80%
Northern country 99 875 93 345 93%
South level 100 525 92 727 92%
Western New York 213,565 191,829 90%
Statewide 3,258,585 2,695,769 83%
1st doses fully delivered to New York for healthcare distribution sites 2nd doses fully delivered to New York for healthcare distribution sites TOTAL CUMULATIVE
Week 1Doses arriving 12/14 – 12/20 90 675 0 90 675 N / A
Week 2Doses arriving 12/21 – 12/27 392,025 0 392,025 482,700
Week 3Doses arrived from 12/28 to 01/03 201,500 0 201,500 684,200
Week 4Doses arrived 01/04 – 01/10 160,050 90 675 250 725 934 925
Week 5Doses arrived 01/11 – 01/17 209,400 45 825 255,225 1 190 150
Week 6Doses arriving01 / 18- 01/24 250 400 428,100 678,500 1 868 650
Week 7Doses arriving25/01 – 31/01 250 400 160,450 410 850 2,279,500
Week 8Doses arriving02/01 – 02/07 320 525 208,800 529,325 2 808 825
Week 9Doses arriving02/08 – 02/14 * 254,160 195,600 449,760 3,258,585

* These numbers represent 80 percent of the week 9 allocation. The full week 9 allocation is expected to arrive by the end of Sunday, February 14.

To date, New York health care distribution sites have administered 90 percent of the first doses received from the federal government, but due to the limited allocation from the federal government, appointments have quickly filled up. . New Yorkers looking to determine their eligibility and make an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can visit the site “Am I eligible” website. New Yorkers can also call their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital for additional information and to make appointments where vaccines are available.

the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracking Dashboard is available to notify New Yorkers of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. New York State Department of Health requires immunization facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; Vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most recent metrics of the state’s immunization effort.

New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can now call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at [email protected]. Hotline staff will route complaints to the appropriate investigative agencies to ensure New Yorkers are not taken advantage of as the state strives to vaccinate the entire eligible population.

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