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Key points

  • Vaccines should be given without charge even if you don’t have insurance.
  • Immigration status does NOT affect the right to a vaccine.
  • Personal information will not be shared with ICE or other agencies.

What groups can get the vaccine now?

Things can change quickly, but the NYS Department of Health posts the latest details here. As of Wednesday, January 13, the eligible groups are known as 1a and 1b and include:

  • A wide variety of health care workers
  • Residents & staff at nursing homes and other group care facilities
  • Teachers and other education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers such as fire fighters and police
  • Public transit workers
  • People 65 and older

How to know when you are eligible for a vaccine?

The NYS Dept. of Health website has a short questionnaire in English and Spanish. It will tell you if you are eligible; if you are it will show you where you can go to get the vaccine.

The NYS Dept. of Health has posted answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine. Here in English and here in Spanish. The Spanish version is 3-pages and can be downloaded and printed.

Information for Ulster County

The county’s Covid-19 Vaccination Resource Center (English and Spanish) reports that the county opened its first vaccination site on January 11 at the Kate Walton Field House on the Kingston High School campus. The facility is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Soon the Resource Center website will have a form for requesting an appointment. In the meantime, there are buttons that let users (1) check to see if they are eligible for a vaccine and (2) sign up to be notified when they become eligible. There is also a fact sheet available in English and Spanish.

As of January 13, Ellenville Regional Hospital has exhausted its allocation of  vaccines and recommends signing up with the Vaccination Resource Center above.