New York details COVID vaccine phases heading into Phase 1b

ALBANY — The state Department of Health this week detailed the COVID-19 vaccine plan as New York continues in Phase 1a and begins to serve the initial groups from Phase 1b.

The following information was provided by the DOH online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:

– 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 and 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, orthodontists and their staff

– Psychiatrists, psychologists and their staff

– Physical Therapists and their staff

– Optometrists and their staff

– Pharmacists, pharmacy aides

– Home care workers

– Hospice workers

– Staff of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Beginning Jan. 11:

– Individuals Age 75 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 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

– Corrections

– 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

Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.

This form can be completed online and you will receive a submission ID, or you can fill out the form at your vaccination site. Individuals being vaccinated must bring proof of eligibility to the vaccination site. This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.