TONH COVID-19 Vaccine Update (January 11, 2021)

New York State is moving forward with its planning policy for the COVID-19 vaccine, and Northwell Health is leading the distribution of the vaccine in Nassau County. We at the Town of North Hempstead want to share the information we have received in the hopes that it provides some clarity concerning the vaccine and when you and your loved ones will be able to receive it.

Effective January 11, New York State has moved into Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution. Along with members of the health care sector who were included in Phase 1A, Phase 1B includes teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, and people 75 and older.

To check eligibility, register to receive the vaccine, or to simply find out more information, please visit the New York State website at www.ny.gov/vaccine or the Nassau County website at nassaucountyny.gov/vaccine. Due to high demand, the State’s registration system may not be displaying available appointments at this time.  Appointments are constantly added on a rolling basis, and we recommend checking the State’s website regularly.

Please also be aware that the New York State Vaccination Hotline is now available for residents to make appointments. The New York State Vaccination Hotline can be reached at 1-833-697-4829.

The early emergence of COVID-19 vaccines has brought on much needed optimism for the future. While availability has been limited, more residents will become eligible to receive the vaccine as distribution centers continue to open and New York’s supply increases. With that said, we are proud to partner with County Executive Curran to make vaccinations available at our Yes We Can Community Center facility in Westbury.

While the Town is not involved in the prioritization or distribution of the vaccine, we have created a page on our website that will include links and helpful information from the State and the County for anyone seeking additional details at northhempsteadny.gov/vaccine, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Progress is being made, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must remain cautious as the virus is still a very serious threat. Continue practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands, and wearing your mask. Together, we will get through this.

As always, please be smart and stay safe.

Regards,

Judi

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