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Title: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: Minimal4me on January 07, 2021, 11:07:32 AM
"We have thousands of appointments currently available," says the New York City health commissioner of vaccine appointments for those eligible.

Thousands!

To our beloved neighborhood restaurant folks, here are the places to get a vaccine, if you're eligible:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-locations.page


Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: StevenGrey on January 07, 2021, 11:43:59 AM
Please note that restaurant workers are NOT eligible for vaccination at this time. Do NOT make an appointment if you do not qualify.

Eligibility
The following groups are now eligible for vaccine:

Health Care Workers
• High-risk health care workers in hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) psychiatric centers
• High-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person care in outpatient/ambulatory settings and other staff in these settings who have direct contact with patients (such as reception staff); this group includes workers in private or hospital-affiliated medical practices, specialty medical practices, public health clinics, dental practices and diagnostic and treatment centers; phlebotomists; dialysis workers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; behavioral health workers; and student health workers
• Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel
• Urgent care providers
• Health care workers administering COVID-19 vaccines
• Health care workers in COVID-19 testing sites
• Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers.

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities
• Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, adult care facilities
• Long-term group living facilities run by NYS OMH, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Other Eligible Groups
• Medical examiners and coroners
• Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids
• Frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients or handle COVID-19 specimens or vaccinations
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: Minimal4me on January 07, 2021, 12:03:05 PM
Oh, Thank you Steven. I didn't know that. And quite frankly, that sucks!

Please note that restaurant workers are NOT eligible for vaccination at this time. Do NOT make an appointment if you do not qualify.

Eligibility
The following groups are now eligible for vaccine:

Health Care Workers
• High-risk health care workers in hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) psychiatric centers
• High-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person care in outpatient/ambulatory settings and other staff in these settings who have direct contact with patients (such as reception staff); this group includes workers in private or hospital-affiliated medical practices, specialty medical practices, public health clinics, dental practices and diagnostic and treatment centers; phlebotomists; dialysis workers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; behavioral health workers; and student health workers
• Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel
• Urgent care providers
• Health care workers administering COVID-19 vaccines
• Health care workers in COVID-19 testing sites
• Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers.

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities
• Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, adult care facilities
• Long-term group living facilities run by NYS OMH, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Other Eligible Groups
• Medical examiners and coroners
• Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids
• Frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients or handle COVID-19 specimens or vaccinations
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: itsit on January 07, 2021, 12:59:41 PM
 Have you heard that some vaccines are being thrown away because they do not have enough eligible people available to vaccinate within the time frame that the open package of vaccines is good? On NPR today, there was talk of these being thrown out!! Could there be a wait list type of thing where you can get a last minute call that if you get here within say 30-60 minutes, you could get a vaccine that might otherwise be discarded? I would be there in a nano second.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: StevenGrey on January 09, 2021, 08:18:35 PM
Next Eligible Groups
The following groups will be eligible starting on Monday, January 11. These groups can start making vaccination appointments now for dates on or after January 11.

• Teachers and education workers
• First responders
• Public safety workers
• Public transit workers
People ages 75 and older

More groups will become eligible in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: jh35 on January 10, 2021, 10:20:47 AM
Next Eligible Groups
The following groups will be eligible starting on Monday, January 11. These groups can start making vaccination appointments now for dates on or after January 11.

• Teachers and education workers
• First responders
• Public safety workers
• Public transit workers
People ages 75 and older

More groups will become eligible in the coming weeks.

It is a total disgrace that the vaccine is being distributed without any urgency.  The seasonal flu shot is distributed better.   

Even the website is set up badly. You have to put in all of your information and then it tells you there are no available appointments. 

We need 24/7 distribution at many centers.  Act as if people are dying for it. 
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: abcdefghijk on January 10, 2021, 11:54:29 AM
Apparently this phase lasts 14 weeks.

3.5 months.

That takes us into May before others can be vaccinated.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: E train on January 10, 2021, 03:55:06 PM
There are no appointments in Jackson Heights until after the 24th of January although I have no idea whether it will continue to be difficult after that date. Why not make the system 24/7? The system seems to lack urgency and how people without a computer or computer skills will cope with it is anyone's guess.
One of my earliest memories is the smallpox scare in the 1940s when my mother took us (my brother and me)to Junction Blvd to the Health Station there-it still exists by the way-for our smallpox inoculation. No computer sign-ups, just a manageable wait on line. So unlike the present complexity.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: toque198 on January 11, 2021, 11:55:16 PM
Don't go back that far.

I remember, as a kid in the polio fifties, an ad in the local paper and hundreds were lined up at the Dept of Health Van.

No appointment, no forms, no payment, no insurance.

Just done.
Title: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
Post by: Suzaan on January 31, 2021, 08:19:11 PM
I want to share this amazing local resource. After all vaccine sites online including Rite-Aid's listed NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE for days and continuing, last Wednesday I went to the prescription drop-off window at Rite-Aid on 37th (84th-85th) and asked for an appointment for the coronavirus vaccine. I am eligible per my age. To my shock, I was given one for two days later, Friday, and then they called that morning to ask if I would like to come in earlier than my 7:45pm appointment. So I got it, plus an appointment at the same day/time four weeks later for the second dose.  It is the Modena vaccine.  A sore arm for a day, and the next day absolutely fatigued and achy. Then, after a good sleep, feel fine. No prescription for the vaccine needed. 
Title: Re: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
Post by: JHResident on January 31, 2021, 10:41:03 PM
I assume you're talking about the RiteAid on 37th Ave and 82nd and  83rd St?
Title: Volunteer Vaccinators?
Post by: Beech Court on February 01, 2021, 03:04:13 AM
I would like to volunteer as a vaccinator.

The objective is to safely get this vaccine to as many as possible as quickly as possible; especially in our neighborhood. NYS DOH seems to only want people with at least some minimal connection to the health field. That is not me.

It seems to me that diabetics everywhere are trained to self inject their own meds. Is there any reason why someone like me can't also be trained and supervised? It's not brain surgery and this is a war to save lives. I would even be willing to bring it to our shut in neighbors. I'm sure everyone reading this is now having some litigious thoughts. But I would like to see our medical professional's time freed up to do more important things. And the only compensation I want is a smile and to keep seeing all of your good advice and your complaints here.  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: Volunteer Vaccinators?
Post by: jh35 on February 01, 2021, 10:03:34 AM
I had the first shot last week at Newton High School in Elmhurst. It was abundantly staffed by professionals waiting to give injections. The problem was a lack of vaccines, not staff. There were few people steadily coming in for their appointments timed 15 minutes apart. There was no wait time.

Perhaps if the supply becomes steadily available in a large volume they may need people. Don’t forget many doctors in this area are still not in their offices and are available to do this work. 

Perhaps you could call 311 and ask if they have a volunteer list.

Title: Re: Volunteer Vaccinators?
Post by: palomita on February 01, 2021, 10:35:35 AM
This is a kind gesture but vaccine administration is highly regulated by the NYSDOH. You must be a qualified health professional in order to administer vaccines.  Cuomo has expanded the list of qualified professions that can vaccinate (includes health professions students) but a lay person who knows how to self-inject is not among the categories.  Vaccination sites must also have a person certified in CPR on site while vaccinations are being administered. (Please see this link for details:
https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/vaccination-training) The vaccine also has tightly regulated storage requirements (e.g. hours it must be used within after being thawed) and losing that "chain of custody" over the vaccine by having lay people carry their own vials to people's homes has the potential to result in people receiving spoiled vaccine.

I do think some sites would welcome volunteers who could assist with registering people arriving for their appointments. You could also assist in helping elderly and/or disabled neighbors with appointment scheduling, transportation, and so on.
Title: Re: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
Post by: Suzaan on February 01, 2021, 10:47:10 AM
Yes, Rite-Aid on 37th (82-83rd) sorry for the confusion.
Title: Re: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
Post by: Seeker946 on February 02, 2021, 03:00:01 PM
Sorry to say I had no such luck at Rite Aid 37th. Drop off desk said they were not taking vaccination reservations and only handed over a slip of paper with the web site of the city vaccination site: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov, which had no appointments near here.
Title: Hopeful availability later in day for COVID19 vaccines recently
Post by: itsit on February 08, 2021, 09:13:26 AM
 Just wanted to share some recent news that last week a number of sites like this one,
  NYC COVID-19 vaccine finder (vaccinefinder.nyc.gov )
had availability later in the day, sometimes for THAT day! It pays to check mid-late afternoon.
I have no evidence but this may be the result of the news stories of places running out of the
vaccine, so maybe they are withholding appts till they see within a given day how their supply
and appointments match up. This short notice is not easy particularly for older seniors or disabled
but hopefully an awareness of this potential and packing a ready-to-go bag along with starting
or updating MY CHART online with Health and Hospitals beforehand can set up this possibility.
 Also you see an appt., book it immediately as they go fast and get out the door! Lots in Manhattan,
some further in Queens.
 Good luck.
Title: Citi Field Vaccine Site
Post by: JHMNY on February 08, 2021, 11:34:49 AM
Citi Field vaccine site to open this Wednesday, the 10th. I'm not sure if it's solely designated for Queens residents, though. Does anyone have any more info?

(https://i.imgur.com/4VGIss6.jpg)

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder (https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/)
Title: Re: Citi Field Vaccine Site
Post by: Shelby2 on February 08, 2021, 12:02:42 PM
"Appointments will be reserved for taxi and livery drivers and for food service workers, de Blasio said, along with Queens residents. Proof of employment for people in those fields will be required, though he did not provide details."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nyc-to-offer-covid-vaccinations-at-citi-field-starting-wednesday/ar-BB1dvdc3?li=BBnbcA1
Title: Re: Hopeful availability later in day for COVID19 vaccines recently
Post by: Eastway on February 09, 2021, 07:46:51 AM
I used that site to book my 1st (over 65) dose at Elmhurst Hosp a couple of weeks ago. It took persistence and luck, over several days constantly clicking on "view availability" until a spot popped up. I do believe/hope that the system will soon become less chaotic.
Title: Re: Hopeful availability later in day for COVID19 vaccines recently
Post by: itsit on February 12, 2021, 12:38:12 PM
 A story today on NPR's Brian Lehrer show featured a younger person who received a Covid19 vaccine which she was not happy about. The reason was that she knowingly took the shot in an underused facility in the Bronx that has not been attracting the designated audience. This person was encouraged by her employer to take advantage of the lack of qualified people in line and justify that the vaccines wouldn't be thrown away unused. Social media is one of the reasons cited that many eligible people are not getting the news about their availability in the neighborhood. Other methods are needed for outreach such as US Postal Service mail, flyers locally, door knocking as in campaigns or the census as relying on social media for community information just simply isn't effective in this case.
 
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: lindsey on February 22, 2021, 03:28:49 PM
Folks, just a tip: we have been unsuccessfully trying to get a slot for my 89 year-old father-in-law in the Bronx through the usual channels (Health & Hospitals, Walgreens, Rite Aid). However, he is a veteran and it turned out that we were able to book an appointment for him quickly through the VA. We are hopeful my mother-in-law will also be able to get the "caregiver shot" soon.
Thought this might be helpful for someone.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: lindsey on February 26, 2021, 10:30:36 AM
Another tip: if you are on Twitter, follow @turbovax, which compiles vaccine availability data from various sites in the city and sends out real-time updates. You can change your settings to get alerts whenever there is an update. Just got an appointment for my mother-in-law using this tool.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: rhydewithdis on February 27, 2021, 03:00:40 PM
I got my first jab at Citifield this past Wednesday.
8PM appointment. My spouse who joined to just be there with me left after two hours of queueing outside. I finally went up the escalator at 11PM, queued in another line and around 11:30PM finally sat with someone who took all of my details including documentation confirming eligibility. Another queue and finally received by jab at 12:30AM.
My appointment was rescheduled twice due to vaccine delivery delays from the bad ice/snow storms across the nation. They had previously been administering Moderna at this site but now shifted to Pfizer because that is what they were able to secure.
I have no context to say if the time it took on Wednesday was typical or not but giving the folks here the benefit of doubt that the confluence of delivery delays, supply issues, staffing shortages, etc. all resulted in extra long delays.
The staff, stretched as they were, were empathic coming out to the line from time to time to bring ahead anyone having difficulty standing, wheelchair bound, elderly, etc.
I'm hopeful that they are able to scale up the site properly by the time my second jab on the 13th comes around. But I would happily spend another 4 hours to leave this miserable memory of a time behind.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: ljr on February 27, 2021, 03:26:53 PM
Wow that is a long wait! My husband and I had our two doses at different schools in the Bronx. The first time, we waiting about 45 minutes outside, and about 10 minutes inside for our mid-afternoon appointments. The second time, it was a solid hour waiting outside in cold weather--but nothing like what you describe at Citifield.  Worth it, of course. And yes, they were letting more frail people, those in wheelchairs or on walkers, move to the head of the line.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: pipman on February 27, 2021, 10:46:22 PM
Also received first shot at Citifield this past week, Thursday morning, after being delayed due to storms.  Arrived at 7:30 and was out by 9:30 am -- 2 hours in total for me and my partner.  Walked right in, but had lines once inside the Skybox area.  Staff was pleasant, they had shortage of nurses, so there was some delay.  Most of the time was filling out paperwork, the same that I did digitally before arriving.  Overall experience was good, and all the staff we very helpful.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: Shelby2 on February 28, 2021, 01:38:08 PM
2/28/21
York College just opened up thousands of appointments for April 7 and 8 to ELIGIBLE Queens residents. That mean anyone in Queens who falls into the current eligibility categories, such as 65+ and certain medical conditions and jobs.

This is from a Facebook group called Helping NYC get vaccinated:


(https://i.imgur.com/IO3CLAY.png)


The link to get started is https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov


Title: Re: Vaccines - Try WALGREEN'S (had good experience)
Post by: NYer1008 on March 04, 2021, 05:55:57 PM
My eligible family member had a great experience getting vaccinated at Walgreen's.

Go to https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

You need to have a Walgreens account -- which you may already have (if you're in their "Rewards" program). If not, it's free & easy to create.

You plug in your zip code and it gives all available appointments at nearby stores. When we did it, there was plenty of availability at several area locations over the next few days. We went to the one on Roosevelt Ave. & 91st St.

And our wait at the store? Not even 5 minutes after we'd checked in. (and we had to wait about 5 minutes for that because the pharmacist was busy)

Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: jhhw on March 04, 2021, 08:40:38 PM
Just a quick note...I just tried and they said they have openings but only for 65 and over.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: Matt on March 30, 2021, 10:57:53 PM
As of 8:00AM this morning, all New Yorkers 30 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine. By April 6th vaccination will be available to all New Yorkers 16 years and older.

This came much sooner than I expected as those 50 and older only became eligible last week. Did all the people over 50 that wanted the vaccine already manage to schedule appointments?

I fall in the group that became eligible today and through persistence and dumb luck I managed to schedule an appointment tomorrow through https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ (https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/) I was also checking the State's website for availability at Javits Center and Aqueduct Racetrack. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ (https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/) On both sites the appointments would appear and disappear as soon as I clicked on them. Extremely frustrating.

A friend told me that her brother had luck today calling (877) 829-4692 which I think is NYC Health and Hospitals.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: Reverse_Seared on March 30, 2021, 11:37:45 PM
I also managed to snag one by constantly refreshing the vax4nyc page until I found a nearby appointment. New appointments seemingly appear every 15 minutes, with larger batches on the hour. PITA, but worth monitoring.

I just wish there were a way to trade your appointment with someone else to get closer to home. Many appointments that pop up are in the Bronx or Staten Island, and I assume some folks from those boroughs found their appointment in Queens.
Title: Re: Vaccines Are Here!
Post by: jh35 on March 31, 2021, 03:50:15 AM
As of 8:00AM this morning, all New Yorkers 30 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine. By April 6th vaccination will be available to all New Yorkers 16 years and older.

This came much sooner than I expected as those 50 and older only became eligible last week. Did all the people over 50 that wanted the vaccine already manage to schedule appointments?

I fall in the group that became eligible today and through persistence and dumb luck I managed to schedule an appointment tomorrow through https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ (https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/) I was also checking the State's website for availability at Javits Center and Aqueduct Racetrack. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ (https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/) On both sites the appointments would appear and disappear as soon as I clicked on them. Extremely frustrating.

A friend told me that her brother had luck today calling (877) 829-4692 which I think is NYC Health and Hospitals.

You may also call 311 to try to get an appointment.