January 14, 2021

For Retirees: Guidance on Scheduling Your COVID Vaccine Appointment

Source:  NYSUT Program Services
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Who is Eligible for the Covid Vaccine? 

  • This week, New York State launched phase 1b of its Covid vaccination plan.
  • The federal government has said people 65 and older and the immunocompromised should be eligible to be vaccinated; New York State is following that guidance.
  • To determine if you are eligible for the Covid vaccine, visit: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov
  • Upon clicking the link, you will see the message below: 
    • "If you are eligible, we will show how you can schedule an appointment to get the vaccine. AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. IF YOU VISIT A PROVIDER WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A VACCINE. To find out if you may be eligible, click Get Started below." 
  • If the website deems that you are not eligible, you will not be able to access the scheduler or vaccination sites/telephone numbers. 
  • You MUST have an appointment to receive a vaccine; no walk-ins. 

Scheduling Your Appointment 

  • When you complete the eligibility screening, a list of vaccination sites in your region will appear on the screen. 
  • You will choose which vaccination site in your region is the best option for you. 
  • When you select the vaccination site, a phone number will appear on the screen. 
  • Write down the number and double-check that all the digits have been correctly copied before exiting the website. 
  • CALL, CALL, CALL & KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU GET THROUGH o The call volume is exceptionally high for vaccines —Be PERSISTENT. 
  • Didn't get through the first 50 times? KEEP CALLING. DON'T GIVE UP! 
  • Make Note: the waiting time to get an appointment is most often 12-14 weeks. 
  • Getting your vaccination will be worth the effort… but it will be some effort. 

Questions: Call NYS Covid-19 Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829


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