New York State has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all those 30 years old and older as of March 30. Those age 16 and older can begin to schedule appointments on April 6.
Residents can determine their eligibility through an online screening tool which determines if their age, employment or health qualifies them for a shot. To check your eligibility and scheduled a vaccine, you may use the “Am I Eligible” app and https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to schedule a vaccine, 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Once a resident has qualified as eligible and made an appointment, they must complete a second short, state-required vaccine form. Upon completion, they will be given a submission ID, which they must bring to their appointment.
Residents must also bring proof of eligibility to their appointment. The state site says, “Depending on your eligibility category, proof can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, a pay stub, a driver’s license, passport, or any legal proof of your date of birth and residency. At the time of your appointment, you’ll be asked a series of clinical questions to ensure readiness for a vaccine. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. This information is for administrative use only.”
Once a resident receives their first vaccine dose, a second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically for the same location as the original dose — and the state will provide a card with the date and time indicated, as well as a confirmation email.
n The Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub has information on eligibility, vaccine providers in nine counties, including Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties; and links to appointment scheduling sites.
The Hub is a collaboration among health departments, health care providers and community partners in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties. The Hub also partners with Common Ground Health, the region’s health research and planning organization, and with the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, a group of 80 regional leaders that advise the Hub to help ensure equity, transparency, and efficiency in COVID-19 immunizations efforts.
The Finger Lakes Region Vaccine Finder is available at https://flvaccinehub.org/getting-your-vaccine/-vaccine-finder
n Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments maintains a vaccination web page at https://bit.ly/GOHealthVaccine. Choose either the Moderna Clinic or the Pfizer Clinic button to make an appointment. When you register, it will also show which vaccine will be at the clinic during that day.
In Genesee County, the clinics are at the Athletic Center at Genesee Community College, 1 College Rd., Batavia. In Orleans County, the clinics are at the Ridgeway Fire Hall, 11392 Ridge Rd., Medina.
n The Livingston County Health Department maintains vaccine information, including its clinic schedule at https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1233/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.
n The Wyoming County Health Department has vaccine information at https://www.wyomingco.net/595/COVID-19
How to sign up with pharmacies
Depending on where you live, the major pharmacy chains may have vaccine appointments. Most will require you to fill out an eligibility form to get started:
n Tops Friendly Markets: Vaccine information and appointments may be found at https://www.topsmarkets.com/Covid19Vaccinations/. For more information, call 1 (800) 522-2522
n Wegmans: Vaccine information and appointments are available at https://www.wegmans.com/covid-vaccine-registration/. Customers without a computer can schedule a vaccine by calling 1 (800) 207-6099 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. This line is only active when appointments are available.
n Rite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier
Residents may also wish to check with their primary care physician or local pharmacy to see if they will be able to provide a COVID-19 vaccine.
What is the Excelsior Pass?
New York State launched the Excelsior Pass, (www.epass.ny.gov/home) a voluntary, free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. It can be printed or stored digitally on a smartphone. Businesses and venues can scan and validate your pass to
ensure you meet any COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry. Adults may hold passes for accompanying minors.