Vaccinations Now Available for Child Care Providers in Licensed, Registered, Legally Exempt Care
Governor Cuomo has announced that child care staff, along with others in Phase 1b, are now eligible to schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Council strongly encourages all those in child care including licensed, registered and legally exempt providers to get the vaccine. Child care enrollment remains low because many parents are concerned about the health and safety of their children outside the home. Getting the vaccine is an important way to protect children and your own staff while reassuring parents.
We also urge patience with this process, while increased supplies of the vaccine are obtained and the distribution sites are fully operationalized.
We will be back to you shortly with additional information on the appointment scheduling process and the documentation needed to ensure eligibility for the vaccine.
Many people have questions about this vaccine and vaccinations in general, so we will also shortly have a presentation to assist you in speaking to your staff about the vaccine and its importance.
Click HERE to Determine Eligibility and Schedule Appointments with Administrating Providers
Official documentation of employment in a licensed or registered program is required at the appointment. This could include - a copy of the program's license with a copy of the Role Approval Letter, a confirmation letter from the employer on letterhead, and/or a paystub.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New Yorkers within priority group 1b can now begin scheduling appointments with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those now eligible to receive the vaccine include individuals 75 and older, first responders, public safety officers, teachers and other school staff; in-person college instructors, child care workers, public-facing grocery store workers, transit workers and individuals living and working in homeless shelters.
Since federal supply severely limits the ability to distribute vaccine, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. New York's vast distribution network and large population of more than 4 million eligible individuals in this priority group dwarf the vaccine supply coming from the federal government, which is arriving at a rate of approximately 300,000 doses per week. As such, eligible New Yorkers should be prepared to receive an appointment date as far as 14 weeks in the future.
This new network will utilize doctors' offices, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers and pharmacies to get doses in the arms of eligible New Yorkers. More than 1,200 pharmacies have already committed to participating in this network, with nearly 500 scheduled to come on-line this week. Providers across the state will begin accepting vaccination reservations on Monday, January 11 when a centralized state website goes online that lists nearby providers where appointments can be scheduled. Pharmacies will be provided vaccines for New Yorkers aged 75 and older, while hospitals will continue vaccinating 1a healthcare workers, and local health departments and union-organized efforts will serve essential workers in 1b.
Additionally, the Department of Health is setting up 20 mass distribution sites throughout the state over the next several weeks to support all categories of eligibility. Opening on Wednesday:
- Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (NYC)
- Westchester County Convention Center (Westchester County - in partnership with County Health Dept. and Westchester Medical Center)
- State Fairgrounds (Onondaga County - in partnership with County Health Dept.)
Additional sites will be launched in the days to come.