New Yorkers with persistent well being situations that made them newly eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine flooded a state web site and name heart Sunday morning, leaving many unable to instantly schedule appointments at mass vaccination facilities.
State officers stated on Sunday that 73,000 appointments had been scheduled as of 11:30 a.m., whereas 500,000 folks went by an internet eligibility screening device wanted to make appointments. Hundreds have been in digital ready rooms that may maintain as much as eight,000 folks per vaccination web site. As soon as these ready rooms are full, folks trying to schedule appointments are instructed to strive once more later.
Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, stated demand was excessive, however “our infrastructure has remained up and intact.” He stated that the state’s capability to make appointments relied on the vaccine provide, which is steadily growing.
Officers stated the brand new standards, which embrace persistent well being situations like weight problems and hypertension, made 4 million extra New Yorkers eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. They be part of a rising variety of folks within the state who’re eligible for the vaccine regardless of a scarcity in provide.
Those that at the moment are eligible embrace adults who’ve sure well being situations which will enhance their threat of extreme sickness or dying from the coronavirus. Except for weight problems and hypertension, different situations that will qualify New Yorkers for the vaccine embrace pulmonary illnesses and most cancers, Mr. Cuomo introduced this month. He additionally made being pregnant a qualifying situation.
Appointments for people who find themselves on this group could be scheduled for as early as Monday, although most individuals will most likely face an extended wait as a result of vaccine doses are scarce now. New Yorkers should present proof of their situation with a health care provider’s word, signed certification or medical documentation, Mr. Cuomo stated.
“Whereas it is a nice step ahead in guaranteeing probably the most susceptible amongst us have entry to this lifesaving vaccine, it’s no secret that any time you’re coping with a useful resource this scarce, there are going to be makes an attempt to commit fraud and recreation the techniques,” Mr. Cuomo stated in an announcement.
In New York State, about 10 % of the inhabitants has obtained its first dose, in keeping with information gathered by The New York Instances. With the brand new standards, about 11 million folks at the moment are eligible within the state, together with folks ages 65 and older, well being care staff and academics.
New York Metropolis lately opened mass vaccination websites at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx and Citi Area in Queens to higher attain communities hit arduous by the virus. The state and federal authorities additionally introduced final week that the Federal Emergency Administration Company would open vaccination websites at Medgar Evers School in Brooklyn and York School in Queens.
To examine on eligibility and schedule an appointment, New Yorkers can full a prescreening on the state’s web site. They’ll additionally name the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for extra details about vaccine appointments.