COVID-19 Vaccine Access – NYS

Effective Tuesday, March 30: All NYers 50 and older can get COVID-19 vaccine
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30 at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Read More HERE


IHP has been working very hard to get a supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Fishers Island for our residents. With a great deal of assistance and coordination by Suffolk County’s Health Department, the plan came together on Sunday, February 28, 2021. The team came to Fishers Island Sunday morning and set up a POD (Points of Dispensing) at Fishers Island School and 257 received their 1st dose. Find the whole story HERE. The POD was completed March 28 when all received their 2nd dose.

As the country continues the process of getting all of us vaccinated against COVID-19 many questions have come up regarding access to the vaccine and ‘taking a shot’. IHP and ICB will be adding additional information as things progress.

You’ve heard of mRNA vaccines—but do you know how they work? Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. New York State released a video explaining how mRNA vaccines work to safely protect individuals from COVID-19. Three key things to know: They do not affect your own genetic material or DNA in any way; they do not contain the actual COVID-19 virus, and they cannot give you COVID.

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Here is what we know

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for Scheduling Appointments
    The NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers in each Phase: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
    You can also visit the NYS website at to check eligibility and to find the current nearest location.
  • IHP is continuing to make every effort to get the vaccine to the Island for distribution, in accordance with NY State phased procedures.
  • NY residents may only receive the vaccine in NY State. (IHP employees are able to get the vaccine at L&M in CT only because they are employees of the Northeast Medical Group.) (Our EMTs’ vaccine appointments were scheduled by the Suffolk County EMS.)
  • At this time, Island residents, eligible by Phased Distribution parameters, may make appointments and travel to Long Island to receive their vaccines in 2 separate doses (Moderna is 28-31 days and Pfizer is 21 days apart).
  • Visit the links below to find who has access to the Phased Distribution and complete the online form to find out when and where YOU can receive the vaccine.
  • If you are not an Island resident, you must contact your primary healthcare provider or home state health services as access and information varies on a state-by-state basis.

A good resource for answers to questions and information dissemination for New York Residents is NY State’s COVID-19 Vaccine website: Here you can sign up for weeknight email updates from New York State on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and it does recognize the zip code 06390!

Phases of the Vaccine Distribution
See who is eligible now and in the coming weeks.

You can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates HERE.

Am I Eligible?
Check to see if you are eligible in NY for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are eligible, NYS will show you where you can go to get the vaccine. To find out if you may be eligible, click the button below and complete the online form to get registered to stay informed for when it is YOUR TURN.

Am I Eligible for the C-19 Vaccine?

For those in states other than NY, please do your research as every state is rolling the vaccine out with slightly different parameters and guidelines. Some have suggested checking your MyChart account (Cleveland Clinic) in Florida, Georgia, and elsewhere to see if you are able to make a Vaccine appointment through that service.

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