Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State is well underway. Right now, the following groups are eligible to receive the vaccine:
- Doctors, nurses, and other health care workers
- People over the age of 65
- First responders, teachers including in-person college instructors, public transit workers, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, and public safety workers
- People with certain medical conditions, including but not limited to obesity, cancer, heart conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and diabetes
For seniors in Upper Manhattan, the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation has set up a hotline at 646-838-0319 from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM on weekdays to assist with navigating the online scheduling system. The hotline is available in both English and Spanish. Appointments at the Washington Heights Armory vaccine location are being set aside for seniors who live in the eligible neighborhoods to book through the hotline.
After scheduling an appointment, if possible, fill out the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form online. If you cannot fill it out online, it will be available at the vaccination location. At your appointment, proof of eligibility, such as a photo ID with birthdate, pay stub, employee ID card, or doctor’s note will be required. For those with medical conditions, the option to self-certify is also available. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine.