Which Students are Eligible for the Vaccine?

By: Ravyn Malvino


In New York State, there are more than seven million eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1B. With New York state currently receiving only about 300,000 doses of the vaccine each week from the federal government, the demand for the vaccine exceeds the amount available. Therefore, it is estimated that it will take about 12-14 weeks for all those eligible in Phases 1A and 1B to be vaccinated.


“According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to federal, state, and local governments about who should be first to receive the new Covid-19 vaccines, healthy college students fall into Phase 2,” said Nicole Gaudino, MS, AGNP-C, Adelphi’s director of health services.


There are several exceptions for students who currently meet the eligibility criteria to be vaccinated. For example, the following are all eligible for the vaccine: students who work as high-risk hospital staff, affiliates, volunteers and contract staff, following the clinical risk assessment guidance; any staff administering Covid-19 vaccinations, including volunteer nursing students, teachers and education workers; first responders, including law enforcement and fire service; restaurant workers; public-facing hotel workers; people with developmental disabilities; and hire vehicle drivers.


Additionally, individuals with comorbidities are eligible for the vaccine. These include cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart conditions, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, and pulmonary disease including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis.


For a full list of qualifying comorbidities and information about vaccination eligibility, visit the New York State Phased Distribution of the Vaccine website.

Gaudino added: “The ‘Am I Eligible?’ app is the quickest way to see if you're eligible and make an appointment. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).”


Even if you have received the vaccine, Covid-19 health and safety protocols should still be followed. Always wear your mask, wash your hands and maintain social distancing.


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