We live in difficult times, and Covid-19 has made its own adjustments in the  lives of every American. Right now, thousands of people eligible for vaccination are forced to wait in line. Some believe that to get a shot one will take a lot of diligence and a bit of luck.

Is it really so?

If you are an active user of social media, you have probably noticed that many people are texting in Facebook groups and trying to get vaccinated ASAP.

Thanks to the authorities’ coordinated actions, New Yorkers have a sufficient number of official websites and phone numbers to track their place in the queue.

However, at every step, you may face more and more questions, including:

  • “How Best to Book a Slot?”
  • “What Happens When I Arrive for an Appointment?”
  • “What Might Happen If I Just Show Up Without One?”

Let’s answer the hottest questions for seniors in New York!

Who Can Get the Vaccine First?

You’ve probably heard that the first doses of the vaccine are intended for medical personnel, residents in nursing homes, workers of important social professions (police officers, teachers, and cashiers). But now, people aged 16+ may go and schedule an appointment for their vaccine after April 6th, 2021. 

For the most updated eligibility of the vaccine, please visit the New York Department of Health COVID-19: Vaccine Eligibility site. 

Can I Get a Vaccine If I Am Under 65?

Yes, people aged 16 + are eligible to get vaccinated after April 6th, 2021. Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially announced that this group may be included in the vaccination wave.

In addition to this, government officials, people working in the department of education, or Group Living Facility Residents and Staff, and essential in-person public-facing building service workers.

How Much Does the Vaccine Cost?

According to the information on the official website of the city, the vaccine is absolutely free. You may need to fill out additional forms and indicate if you have insurance.

Do I Have to Be a New Yorker to Get Access to A Vaccine?

No, this is not at all necessary. There are over 50 vaccination sites in NYC, including at the Javits Center and many local pharmacies.  Simply put, nonresidents and those who live outside the state, but work in the city, are eligible for vaccinations in the city center.

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recommendation states that nonresidents should refrain from traveling to the city to receive the vaccine. The best solution would be to get vaccinated in your communities. Check where you can be vaccinated here

What Else Should I Know Before Getting Vaccinated?

The vaccination queue passes very quickly. Besides, places where you can get vaccinated, can appear out of the blue and then disappear within a few hours. The great thing is that with appointments, the process flies by. With daily updates, the more people are eligible, moving us one step closer to a safer world. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us about more information on where and how you can get vaccinated. At All Heart Homecare, the health of our employees and patients is our priority, and with these tips, we hope that we can all go back to the world we used to know and love.