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COVID-19 Update on NYS Entering 1b in Phased Vaccination Distribution

Beginning on January 11, 2021, New York State has entered Phase 1b of its phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As was the case with Phase 1a, the list of eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b will be expanded further over time. The state’s supply of vaccine is limited to what the federal government provides, and therefore each phase can only scale as the supply increases, as noted in the Governor’s press release. The first rollout of NYS Phase 1b will include the listed populations on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution website.

According to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, “food and agricultural essential workers” will eventually be designated in Phase 1b. The state recommends you continue to check the Governor’s website for further announcements regarding the inclusion of new groups in NYS Phase 1b as increased supply becomes available. You can also sign-up for updates on the COVID response on the website. 

In preparation for vaccine distribution, NYS has also launched a new “Am I Eligible” app to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, connect them with administration centers, and schedule appointments. This eligibility app is only applicable to essential workers in current distribution phases.

COVID-19 is still a threat to our state so please continue to follow the necessary steps to “Stop the Spread” and remain diligent.

We will provide updates as more details are made available and distribution expands.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.
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