Residents 16+ can now get COVID vaccine

All New Yorkers age 16 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, April 6.

Vaccines are being administered across the North Country at clinics run by the state Department of Health, county health departments and hospitals. Pharmacies such as Walgreens and Kinney Drugs are also taking appointments for vaccinations based on supply.

All New Yorkers can visit http://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-697-4829 to schedule a vaccine appointment at a state-run clinic. Essex County residents can find information on county-run clinics at http://www.co.essex.ny.us/health/make-an-appointment/.

Where 16- and 17-year-olds should get vaccinated will depend on the vaccine being administered at each clinic, pharmacy or hospital, according to Franklin County Public Health. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and two-shot Moderna vaccines are approved for those 18 and older, while the Pfizer is approved for those 16 and older, according to Franklin County Public Health. The Pfizer vaccine is commonly used at state Department of Health-run vaccine clinics — the closest sites are in Plattsburgh and Potsdam.

The Essex County Health Department is hosting a few vaccine clinics this month, open by appointment to those ages 18 and up. There was a clinic at Keene Central School on Wednesday, April 7. The Health Department is hosting a clinic on Tuesday, April 13 at the county Department of Public Works in Lewis, a clinic at the AuSable Community Center in the town of Jay on April 23, and a clinic in Moriah on April 29. Registration is at www.co.essex.ny.us/health/make-an-appointment.

Children aren’t eligible to get vaccinated yet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved the vaccine for people under age 16 yet, but Pfizer has completed its clinical trial for children age 12 and older, and the FDA will review that data. Clinical trials focused on children aged 6 months through 11 years are ongoing.

The state opened eligibility up to New Yorkers above 16 years old nearly one month ahead of the Biden administration’s deadline to do so.