COVID NYC Update: Pharmacies Now Vaccinate People With Underlying Illnesses In New York City

COVID NYC Update: Pharmacies Now Vaccinate People With Underlying Illnesses In New York City

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Officials have announced a major expansion of access to vaccines in New York City. Those with underlying conditions can now be vaccinated at drugstores.
“New Yorkers with co-morbidities are among our state’s most at-risk residents, and access to the COVID-19 vaccine protects this vulnerable population as we work to defeat the virus and establish the new normal,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.Pharmacies are now planning vaccination for three groups:
– 60 years and over
– Teachers, school staff and educators
– These w / underlying conditions

As a reminder, here are the underlying conditions eligible for vaccination in New York:
– Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11 related cancers)
– Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
– Chronic kidney disease
– Heart disease including, but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension (high blood pressure)
– Immunosuppressed condition (weakened immunity) including, but not limited to solid organ transplant or blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, corticosteroid use, use other immune weakening drugs or other causes
– Intellectual and developmental disorders, including Down syndrome
– liver disease
– Neurological disorders, including, but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
– Lung disease including, but not limited to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate to severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis and associated lung diseases

– Pregnancy
– Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 kg / m2 or more), obesity (body mass index between 30 kg / m2 and 40 kg / m2)
– Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
– Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitusBook here:
– Walgreens
– Aid to the rite

Those who do not have access to a computer can make appointments for vaccines at pharmacies by phone:
– 800-RITE-AID

Also on Sunday, US Senator Chuck Schumer called on the Centers for Disease Control to roll out a $ 1 billion campaign for awareness efforts.

“So we need an education campaign, and the education campaign should be simple. She should just say, “Have no fear,” “said Schumer.

And the change comes from Monday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that fitness studios located primarily in New York City could reopen with restrictions, including a 33% capacity limit and equipment cleaning.

New York will also lift restrictions in so-called yellow zones and clusters on Monday.

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