New Yorkers with underlying health conditions now eligible to be vaccinated at pharmacies
Pharmacies across New York City are now able to vaccinate residents with underlying health conditions.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is expanding who pharmacies can vaccinate in order for vulnerable populations to be reached and protected. He says he is able to do so because of an increase in vaccine supply.
Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that the state would be receiving 1.65 million doses a week from the federal government, an increase of 33%.
Prior to the rule change, pharmacies could only vaccinate teachers and those 60 or older.
Anyone with an underlying conditions can bring a doctor’s note, medical information as evidence or a signed certificate. Residents have to be over 16 years old to be vaccinated.
Some of the health conditions that qualify for a vaccine are cancer, kidney or pulmonary disease, heart conditions and pregnancy.
The new eligibility is currently in effect.