“I heard there was a vaccine clinic. Am I eligible?”
LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - On Tuesday, Lewis County Health System CEO Jerry Cayer said the hospital got more COVID-19 vaccine doses than anticipated.
“I would say we were in the bucket of hospitals who received more inventory than we should have,” he said.
With 418 doses of Moderna and 180 doses of Pfizer left, Cayer said Wednesday that many people are calling wondering if they’ll be next.
“I wish we could vaccinate other members of the community. Those are the phone calls we’re getting now - when can we be vaccinated? ‘We’ being, our neighbors,” said Cayer.
But those extra doses likely won’t stay.
“This vaccine will leave. It will go to another region of the state that I’m sure is struggling to meet their 1A expectations, because they have more people lined up than vaccine they have received,” said Cayer.
As hospitals like Lewis County General finish up phase 1A, which includes high-risk healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff among others, many are wondering when it’ll be their turn.
New York state has a solution for you. It’s a website called, “When Am I Eligible?”
Here’s how it works: the site asks a series of questions to determine your eligibility, and will tell you if you’re in a priority group to get your first dose.
If you are eligible, the site will connect you with where you can get the shot and allow you to schedule an appointment.
The next phase is 1B, which includes vaccines for essential workers and people over the age of 75.
It’s still unclear when the general public will get the shot. But preparations are being made for retail distribution when the time does come.
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