By Carol Tannenhauser
Starting on Monday, January 11th, New Yorkers age 75 and up, education workers, first responders (police, fire), public transit workers and public safety workers will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
Starting Monday, NYS will begin scheduling vaccinations for the next group of people (Phase 1b):
-People age 75+
-First responders (police, fire)
-Public transit workers
-Public safety workers
Sites will include pharmacies, drs' offices, Javits Center & more.
— Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 8, 2021
But how do they arrange to be vaccinated? Where do they go? Not surprisingly, to the Internet. New York State will be launching a website on Monday that will allow New Yorkers to find locations where the vaccine is being given, and to make appointments. (We will update this article to include the link when it is available.) Meanwhile, New York City has already launched a website, which is nyc.gov/covidvaccine. A reader sent the following link as well: vaccinepod.nyc.gov.
UPDATE: The city launched a new website on Sunday for locating and scheduling vaccines: the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder.
“Arranging it, believe it or not, will be the least of the problem,” said Ivan Jourdain, owner of Ivan Pharmacy on Columbus Avenue between 93rd and 94th Streets. Jourdain was vaccinated an hour and a half before speaking to WSR by phone on Saturday afternoon. As a pharmacist, he was eligible for the shot in Phase 1a.
“It’s very, very easy to do,” he said. “You go to the website, fill out the questionnaire—it will take you maybe 10 minutes. Then, you choose a place where you want to get vaccinated and schedule an appointment. You may have to try a few places to get the time you want. You have to make an appointment online or by phone. They will not take you as a walk-in.”
They also will not let you schedule an appointment unless and until you are eligible. (We tried.) “I waited about 40 minutes, got my vaccine and that was the whole kit and caboodle,” Jourdain said.
Okay, but where did he have to go to get it?
“I got mine at the Ryan Health Center on 10th Avenue between 45th and 46th, because it was so easy to get to,” he responded. “I scheduled it on Thursday and I got it on Saturday morning. In Manhattan, there are so many places you can go to, and more are being added all the time.”
A quick scan of the list showed existing locations on or near the Upper West Side on West 69th, West 118th, and West 125th Streets.
As for local pharmacies, Jourdain said they won’t have the vaccine anytime soon. This was verified by the manager of Park West Pharmacy on West 82nd and Columbus, and the owner of Joseph Pharmacy between Broadway and West End Avenue. “Right now, it’s going to be mainly the urgent care places and the city clinics,” Jourdain said.
He asked to add the following message:
”I am a Hispanic African American, 64 years old, and I’m very excited to have the vaccine. I really want you to print that I strongly encourage everybody to get vaccinated.”
* This link was added after the original publication.