New York Expands Vaccinations to Group 1B, New Vaccine Hubs Open

New York Expands Vaccinations to Group 1B, New Vaccine Hubs Open

By Yehudit Garmaise

     Starting today, all teachers, administrators, and other members of New York City’s schools’ staffs will be eligible to register to receive their COVID-19 vaccines under the state’s Phase 1b, which includes licensed and registered childcare providers, anyone who works in pre-K through 12th grade, and school bus drivers, although the actual shots might not take place for weeks or months, according to Michael Specht, the supervisor of Ramapo.

    All teachers who teach in New York City, even those who live outside of New York City, or even New York State, are now eligible to register to get their first COVID immunizations, 

    In addition, first responders, such as local police, state police, employees of the sheriff’s office, professional and volunteer firefighters, public transit workers, and public safety workers comprise the 3.2 million additional New Yorkers who can get their first vaccination shots tomorrow.   

     Gov. Cuomo, however, has pointed out that the demand for the vaccine far outpaces the state’s currently supply, so some eligible people may have to wait for appointments.

      “Without increased supply from the federal government,” said Gov. Cuomo , who said that he has already requested an increased supply of vaccines from the incoming Biden administration said. “We expect it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate the Phase 1a and 1b groups, which takes us to April 16.”

      To accommodate this large group of people who are now eligible to get their shots, New Yorkers can make appointments to get vaccinated not just at hospitals, but at doctors’ offices, federally qualified health centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers, and 500 pharmacies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his NYS Coronavirus Update e-mail.

    To help get more New Yorkers vaccinated, three new vaccine hubs opened in New York City yesterday.

    Brooklyn’s vaccine hub location is located at Bushwick Educational Campus at 400 Irving Ave., and is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm, by appointment only. The sites are staffed by Health Department employees and trained volunteers through the Medical Reserve Corps.

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