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New York State Vaccine Updates: Week 10 Guidance

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued new guidance for Week 10 of the New York State COVID-19 vaccination program. Starting on February 15, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to individuals with certain co-morbidities and underlying conditions. These individuals are eligible for vaccination at State-operated mass vaccination sites. In addition, vaccine providers should work with their local health department (LHD) to arrange for vaccinating individuals with co-morbidities and underlying conditions. Proof of Eligibility for Newly Eligible Individuals LHDs are authorized to determine what forms, or combination thereof, of the below proof options are required in their jurisdiction. At State-operated mass vaccination sites, any of the following are acceptable to prove eligibility for individuals with eligible co-morbidities and underlying conditions:

  • Doctor's Letter, or

  • Medical Information Evidencing Comorbidity, or

  • Signed Certification.

Providers must be aware of the LHD policy for proof of co-morbidity and must require individuals being vaccinated to show proof consistent with such policy.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has emailed additional guidance to New York City-enrolled vaccinators about certifying COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for individuals with certain health conditions. The communication outlines two ways to prove eligibility:

  1. If the vaccine provider has access to records showing the person has an eligible condition, those records serve as proof of eligibility.

  2. If the vaccine provider does not have access to medical records, the individual must complete a NYC Certification of Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Due to Medical Condition form. A letter from a health care provider is not needed to demonstrate eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination in New York City.

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