• Alex Lipovtsev

NY State Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to 1B Priority Group

Updated: Jan 15

Updated January 12, 2020


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that, starting today, Monday, January 11, 2020, New York State will expand the list of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to the populations in the State’s 1B grouping. According to the press release, the expansion will “help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Yorkers currently eligible under group 1A and begin the vaccination of New Yorkers eligible under group 1B.”

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Here is the full list of the eligible populations under 1B priority group (***as of January 12):


Older Adults

  • People ages 65 and older

Grocery Workers

  • Public-facing grocery store workers

First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agencies

  • Fire Service

  • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

  • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)


  • Police and Investigations

  • State Police, including Troopers

  • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers

  • SUNY Police

  • Sheriffs' Offices

  • County Police Departments and Police Districts

  • City, Town and Village Police Departments

  • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments

  • State Field Investigations, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services and State Liquor Authority


  • Public Safety Communications

  • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians


  • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel

  • Court Officers

  • Other Police or Peace Officers

  • Support of Civilian Staff for any of the above services, agencies or facilities


Corrections

  • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers

  • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers

  • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers

  • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

P-12 Schools, College and Child Care

  • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)

  • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)

  • In-person college instructors

  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group child care

  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group child care providers

  • Employees or support staff of licensed or registered child care setting

  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt child care providers

Public Transit

  • Airline and airport employees

  • Passenger railroad employees

  • Subway and mass transit employees (MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate Transit)

  • Ferry employees

  • Port Authority employees

  • Public bus employees

Homeless Shelters

  • People living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with people who are not part of their household

  • People working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by people who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents

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