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Frontline Workers and Seniors Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Starting Monday: Cuomo

Jan. 8, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Frontline workers and New Yorkers 75-years and older will able to get vaccinated for COVID-19, beginning Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Seniors, educators, first responders, public safety workers and public transit employees will be able to book an appointment to get the vaccine at hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies and urgent care centers come Monday, Cuomo said.

The groups are within Phase 1B of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan.

The state has allowed residents under Phase 1A — which includes mainly health care workers and nursing home residents and staff — to be vaccinated since Dec.14.

Cuomo said health care workers must still be prioritized for vaccine appointments ahead of those in Phase 1B. He warned that people within the second tier could face waits of weeks or months, due to the limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor decided to open up the vaccine supply to more New Yorkers following pressure from New York City and other municipalities in the state.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been urging the governor to allow the city to vaccinate older New Yorkers and first responders–such as police officers and firefighters–for days.

He said the city has a surplus of vaccine doses since some health care workers have rejected the shot.

Following Cuomo’s announcement, de Blasio said the city will begin vaccinating people within Phase 1B on Monday.

“New York City has heard enough,” he tweeted. “We will begin administering shots to City Workers and the elderly in 1B starting on Monday.”

Earlier on Friday, de Blasio announced that the city will open five vaccination sites — one in each borough — prioritizing city workers on Monday. He made the announcement in the hope that the state would expand vaccination eligibility by Monday.

The Queens site will be located at John Adams High School in South Ozone Park. It will be prioritized for frontline essential workers, daycare workers, firefighters, police officers and corrections officers.

John Adams High School in South Ozone Park (Google Maps)

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Mary Keefe

Where, specifically, can 1B (over 75) individuals be vaccinated in Woodside (near Astoria & LIC)? We have a very efficient Covid testing facility at Northern Blvd. & 53rd Pl (R or M, No. Blvd. subway stop). There is a CVS Pharmacy a few blocks away at 31st & 54th St. There is another Walgreen’s at Broadway and 46th (subway stop at 46th).


Public health overrides individuals choices… ALWAYS. We need to mandate the vaccine in NYC and set an example for the rest of the country. Greetings from LI. Miss you all.


If people in the health care field have reservations about this vaccine, that’s all I need to know. I’d rather take my chances with a virus that has an over 99% survival rate.

Poor decisions

The virus does not have a 99% survival rate. It has an extremely high hospitalization rate, that is why hospital systems around the world are overwhelmed. The virus also has many long term affects for a large percentage of victims. Funny, the vast majority of healthcare workers are taking the vaccine but you’re turning a blind eye to that.


Employers, landlords, travel agencies, and state and city benefit agencies need to require proof of vaccinations before returning or applying for a position, housing or benefit. Many people I have talked to say they will not get vaccinated.

Gardens Watcher

The vaccine is free. The state and the city don’t have the money to pay people to get the vaccine. Companies may even require employees to get it, so just get it when your turn comes.


No words can define my admiration to this man. Wish we could have more leaders like him.


this Governor melt my heart when he said he wanted other people to get the vaccine first before him. If he goes for president, i would vote for him


My neighbor is a healthcare worker. I would prepare meals and shop for her during the pandemic. Even shoveled her sidewalk snow. When i asked she told me she doesn’t want to get vaccinated despite working at a hospital, being around covid patients and taking public transportation. She says she takes vitamins and does not worry about it. I do not understand. A lot of mixed messages out there. They should of researched this before making them priority. Now my elderly parent wants to wait also!


I was thinking…The same way you need an “i.d.” to work…They should make sure the companies are accountable for vaccines for their employees before they can come back to work…That is the only way I’m going back to work…I work in a building with like 50 other people.


This is because a small percentage of healthcare workers who were first in place to get the vaccine are willing to get vaccinated. We were told to trust them and how they are keeping us safe by working while we stay home. Now its like a case of do as i say and not as i do. They claimed to be most at risk by taking care of covid patients and demanded more protection and funds. Now most do not want the vaccine. What is the rest of the public suppose to think.

Deadly right-wing riots

Maybe they should get Trump lovers to distribute them. They can get into anywhere!


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