Syracuse, N.Y. — The state has launched a website with information about how the 5 million people now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine can get it throughout New York.
Starting this week, people 75 and older can make appointments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said. They are a part of the next phase, called 1B, which begins today. Also in 1B are educators, first responders, public safety and public transit workers.
To find out where the vaccine is in your area, use this website. Fill out the form. That will bring up a list of providers that are near you. Some list phone numbers. Others have links to pharmacies, health care centers and even the New York State Fairgrounds and other places that will be distributing the vaccine.
As of this morning, a search in the Syracuse area showed hundreds of appointments available at the New York State Fairgrounds. You may have to scroll down to find the link. There are appointments available starting Wednesday and going seven days a week into at least February.
The number to make an appointment at the New York State Fairgrounds is 888-364-3065.
Other businesses, such as Wegmans and Kinney Drugs, are part of the program but don’t have appointments available yet.
In New York, more than 5 million people statewide are now eligible to get the vaccine. But, for now, the state is receiving just 300,000 doses each week, Cuomo has said.
So getting an appointment — and the vaccine — could take time, he warned.
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon echoed that message this morning on Twitter. “I will outline 1B eligibility, proper registration links, distribution points later today,” he wrote. “More demand than supply so we need to work as a team.”
Cuomo said last weekend that hospitals will continue to focus on vaccinating health care workers, and counties will focus on vaccinating public workers.
Pharmacies and other private-sector health care providers will focus on vaccinating people 75 and older, according to Cuomo. That’s what this website is supposed to coordinate.
Cuomo said the website will show where the vaccine is available in your area. Then, you must contact that site to make an appointment, he said.
A state-run call center with the same information is scheduled to go online at 4 p.m. today. Check back for more information later today.