Suzette Travoto, a nurse practitioner, gets her Covid-19 vaccine. Medical workers at St. Joseph’s hospital in Syracuse get their vaccine shots for the coronavirus Dec 23, 2020. The Maderna COVID-19 arrived Tuesday. About 300 will be distributed today and will continue again starting Monday Dec. 28, 2020. Dennis Nett | [email protected]
There’s a new way to find out if you’re eligible. The state Department of Health has set up a website that will tell you if you can get the shot now or if you have to wait.
You’ll be asked to give your address, birth date and other basic information. You’ll be asked two questions to determine your eligibility right now:
If you answer no to both, you’ll be told you’re not eligible yet. If you answer yes to either one, you’ll be asked to be more specific in a drop-down window. If you are eligible, the site will tell you where you can get a shot.
So far, the vaccines are not available to the general public. The first to receive them were hospital workers who interact with Covid-19 patients and others at high risk, including funeral directors. Nursing home residents and staff are also getting the vaccine through a separate program run by pharmacies.
This week, the state expanded the eligible categories to include non-hospital health care workers who might have patient contact in medical and dental offices, urgent care clinics, vaccination clinics and specialty areas such as dialysis clinics. Physical and occupational therapists are also eligible.
All of those groups comprise what the state and federal government call the 1A category. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that the next group, called 1B, include people 75 years and older and front line essential workers, including first responders, teachers, corrections officers and grocery store workers.
Anyone coming for a vaccine will have to show proof they’re eligible, the state said. That could be an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, the state said.
Onondaga County plans to give 6,000 vaccinations this week, said County Executive Ryan McMahon. As eligibility criteria loosen, McMahon anticipates the county opening more distribution sites to help speed delivery. Primary care providers also are likely to help vaccinate people, he said.
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