COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases based on need and risk.

New Yorkers who are more likely to be exposed to the virus, and who are more likely to become seriously ill if they get COVID-19, are being offered the vaccine first. Plans are in place to ensure that everyone will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available, at no cost no matter where they live.

Hospitals in NYS received the first quantities of vaccine to cover the populations in Phase 1A. As local health departments begin to receive vaccine, and as we move into phases that cover more of the general population, the Essex County Health Department will release more information about where our residents can get vaccinated.

Each phase is expected to take a few weeks to complete. Please note at this time, only those who have been prioritized for vaccination will be invited to register for a vaccination clinic.

Vaccination phasing, time-frames, and the number of administering providers is changing and expanding rapidly. View up-to-date NYS Vaccine Distribution Information

While availability is limited in the initial weeks of the vaccination program, more and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.

New York State has launched a new “Am I Eligible” app to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination, connect them with administration centers, and schedule appointments. Access the app, find the latest information concerning the vaccine and its administration.

1/11/2021 New York will move to Phase 1B of the distribution, which will include:

-Teachers and education workers

-First responders

-Public safety workers

-Public transit workers

-People 75 and older

Beginning January 4, 2021, Phase 1A was expanded to include:

• All Outpatient/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 and Orthodontists and their staff

-Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff

-Physical Therapists and their staff

-Optometrists and their staff

-Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides

-Home care workers

-Hospice workers

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

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A 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