Pharmacies Can Now Vaccinate New Yorkers With Co-Morbidities

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ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced new guidance which will allow pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with co-morbidities. Pharmacies were previously only able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

“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,”  Cuomo said.

The vaccination center set up at the SUNY Broome Ice Rink by the Broome County Health Department.  March 17, 2021.  Photo by Charles Compton, WSKG.

“As New York receives more doses and more people receive the vaccine, we’re able to expand the population pharmacies can serve, and this is a commonsense step forward that will help make it easier to protect New Yorkers.”

New Yorkers with co-morbidities or underlying health conditions can use the following to show they are eligible:

–Doctor’s letter, or

–Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or

–Signed certification

Also on Sunday, Cuomo announced more than 7.5 million total COVID vaccine doses have been administered across New York state.  In the Finger Lakes region, the percentage of the population that has received at least one vaccine dose is 28.1%.  The percentage of people in the Finger Lakes who have had the completed vaccine series is 13.8%.