Was your COVID-19 vaccination appointment canceled due to the snowstorms? Doctors discuss what comes next
News 12’s Elizabeth Hashagen
was joined by Dr. Harris, the medical director of
Northwell Community Vaccination Program, and Dr. Ankita Sagar, a primary care
physician and the director of Ambulatory Quality at Northwell, to answer your
Many COVID-19 vaccine shipments and appointments have been canceled due to the recent winter storms across New
York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.
Dr. Harris assures that vaccination delays of a few days
will have no immunological effect and that health care institutions and the
state are obligated to reach out to patients to reschedule. He says the safety
of the patient is the biggest priority for doctors and it's better to stay at
home while traveling conditions are dangerous.
Meanwhile, many people who are eligible for the vaccine have
not been able to schedule appointments yet. Dr. Sagar says those who are still
waiting need to be patient and keep trying.
Why can't the COVID-19 vaccine
can't be distributed directly to patients' doctors? Dr. Harris says the main
reason is because of the specific conditions the vaccines need to be kept in.
While appointments are being delayed, many people questioned
on whether coming to their appointments early is a good idea. Dr. Harris
Is it possible to get on a waiting list for the vaccine? Dr.
Sagar and Dr. Harris say this isn't a system that is in place just yet.
New phases of vaccination groups have begun in many areas.
Why is this the case when many who were eligible from the previous phase still
have not been vaccinated yet? Dr. Harris says this is because the supply in
vaccines is expected to increase soon.
Dr. Sagar recommends people who are eligible for the
COVID-19 vaccine and are still looking for an appointment to visit the NYC
The website finds available appointment openings for you.