Starting Sunday, New Yorkers with continual well being circumstances like weight problems and hypertension can schedule their appointments to get the Covid-19 vaccine at state-run mass vaccination websites. They be a part of a rising variety of individuals within the state who’re eligible for the vaccine regardless of a scarcity in provide.
Those who at the moment are eligible embrace adults who’ve sure well being circumstances which will enhance their danger of extreme sickness or demise from the coronavirus. Aside from weight problems and hypertension, different circumstances that may qualify New Yorkers for the vaccine embrace pulmonary illnesses and most cancers, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced this month. He additionally made being pregnant a qualifying situation.
Appointments for people who find themselves on this group will be scheduled for as early as Monday, although most individuals will most likely face a protracted wait as a result of vaccine doses are scarce now. New Yorkers should present proof of their situation with a physician’s be aware, signed certification or medical documentation, Mr. Cuomo stated.
“While it is a nice step ahead in guaranteeing essentially the most susceptible amongst us have entry to this lifesaving vaccine, it’s no secret that any time you’re coping with a useful resource this scarce, there are going to be makes an attempt to commit fraud and sport the methods,” Mr. Cuomo stated in a press release.
In New York State, about 10 p.c of the inhabitants has obtained its first dose, based on knowledge gathered by The New York Times. More than seven million persons are eligible within the state, together with individuals ages 65 and older, well being care employees and academics.
New York City just lately opened mass vaccination websites at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens to higher attain communities hit laborious by the virus.
To test on eligibility and schedule an appointment, New Yorkers can full a prescreening on the state’s web site. They can even name the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for extra details about vaccine appointments.