Pharmacies can now vaccinate residents in more eligibility categories

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday, March 21, announced new guidance has been rolled out allowing pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

New Yorkers with comorbidities or underlying health conditions can use the following to show they are eligible: a doctor’s letter, medical information evidencing comorbidity, or a signed certification.

New Yorkers age 16 and older (18 and older for the Moderna vaccine) with the following conditions are eligible for vaccines due to increased risk of moderate or severe illness or death from the virus that causes COVID-19:

– Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)

– Chronic kidney disease

– Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases

– Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome

– Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)

– Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes

– Severe Obesity (body mass index higher than 40 kg/m2), Obesity (BMI between 30 and 40 kg/m2)

– Pregnancy

– Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia

– Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus

– Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

– Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia

-Liver disease

On Tuesday, March 23, pharmacies could begin giving vaccinations to New Yorkers 50 years of age and older.