Starting Sunday, New Yorkers with chronic conditions like obesity and high blood pressure will be able to schedule their appointments to get the Covid-19 vaccine at state mass vaccination sites. They are joining a growing number of people in the state who are eligible for the vaccine despite inadequate supplies.
Eligible people now include adults with certain health issues that can increase their risk of serious illness or death from the coronavirus. Aside from obesity and high blood pressure, lung disease and cancer are other conditions that would qualify New Yorkers for the vaccine, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this month. He also made pregnancy a qualifying condition.
Appointments for people belonging to this group can be scheduled as early as Monday, although most people will likely have to wait a long time as vaccine doses are currently scarce. New Yorkers must provide evidence of their condition with a doctor's letter, signed certificate, or medical documentation, Cuomo said.
"While this is a huge step forward in ensuring that the most vulnerable among us have access to this life-saving vaccine, it's no secret that every time you deal with such a scarce resource there will be attempts to Committing fraud and gambling systems, ”said Mr Cuomo in a statement.
In New York state, about 10 percent of the population received the first dose, according to the New York Times. More than seven million people are eligible in the state, including people 65 and over, healthcare workers, and teachers.
New York City recently opened mass vaccination sites at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens to better reach communities affected by the virus.
To verify eligibility and make an appointment, New Yorkers can do a pre-screening on the state's website. You can also call the state vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for more information on vaccination appointments.