IMPORTANT UPDATE ON COVID VACCINE AVAILABILITY FOR NYS EDUCATORS
Governor Cuomo recently announced that vaccine eligibility will be expanded to New Yorkers in category 1B — a group that includes teachers. Educators can start receiving their first vaccines as soon as Monday, January 11, 2021, a date that also promises to bring a newly-expanded range of distribution sites. Please note, while teachers are now eligible, vaccination doses are subject to appointment and availability. The Governor indicated all those citizens that make up category 1B, a large group which also includes fire fighters, police officers and people over 75 years of age, could wait as long as April 16, 2020, to receive their first of two vaccination shots.
As such, we are encouraging the membership to be diligent in its efforts to get vaccinated. If the District develops a vaccine protocol with a local healthcare provider, something we have already inquired about, we will let you know.
The NASSAU COUNTY Covid Vaccine Site has been updated to include teachers. If you navigate to the bottom of the site to assess your eligibility, you will be taken to a list of facilities offering the vaccine.
The links are accurate; if they are not working, it means there is system congestion or no additional slots currently remain.
SUFFOLK COUNTY's Covid website is listed at the end of this list, below, although it is a little more challenging to navigate and you have to search for appointments:
If you live in or are willing to travel to NYC, here are some options for you:
If you live in or willing to travel to WESTCHESTER:
1) While your initial quest may yield "no available appointments," just keep hitting refresh. Some members have experienced good luck by exercising their persistence!
2) Make sure to bring proof of employment with you to your appointment.
When additional links are updated and live, we will post them here.
Good luck and stay safe.
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Great Neck Teachers Association
NYSUT, AFT, AFL-CIO #2686
The Cottage • 343 Lakeville Road
Great Neck, NY 11020
firstname.lastname@example.org • @GNTeachers
(516) 829-9070 • Fax: (516) 829-0724
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