Are the COVID‐19 vaccines available now in New York? 

New York State has already administered nearly 1.3 million first doses of vaccine. Additional vaccine supplies are arriving weekly and additional vaccine administration sights are opening across New York. The Federal government has also recently increased vaccine deliveries to the states by 16% and ordered an additional 100 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which should be available within 6 months. When all vaccine orders across the nation have finally been delivered, it will constitute a sufficient cumulative supply to accommodate every American adult who wished to get vaccinated.

However at the present time, compared to the overall demand, supplies of vaccines throughout NYS and all of its counties are limited. Currently, 7 million New Yorkers are eligible, yet all of NYS only receives an average of 300K doses, per week. Consequently,  who can become eligible to be placed into the vaccination queue is still being prioritized.  Eligibility does not mean that you will get an immediate appointment. If you would like to be notified if and when you are eligible to get vaccinated and when an appointment may be available, please click here and fill out the online information form.

This is the current, statewide priority matrix:

Phase 1A (currently in progress)

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
  • 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

Phase 1B (starts on Jan. 11, along with ongoing 1A)

While vaccinations for the health care sector are being completed, 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 65 and older


Beginning February 15, 2021:

Adult New Yorkers of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease

The list is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as New York State obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

Phase 1C: All other essential workers.

Phase 1D: Healthy adults and children 18 years of age and older.