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Nassau opens first COVID-19 vaccine distribution center

More Long Islanders are going to have access to COVID-19 vaccines now as Nassau County opens its first vaccine distribution center.

The county and Northwell Health are working together to get people signed up and vaccinated at Nassau Community College.

The opening of the vaccine distribution center comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized hospitals in the state, and on Long Island, for not distributing vaccine doses on hand soon enough.

He called on local politicians to take personal responsibility for their hospitals.

Frustrations have also been voiced by those that are eligible in the health care field about the difficulty to find a place to get the shot.

Outpatient health care workers were added to the list yesterday of those who can now get the shot. That’s people who work at your doctor’s office and dentist’s office.

If you do work in health care and want to get vaccinated, you can’t just show up at Nassau Community College. You need an appointment, just like at most coronavirus testing sites.

Appointments are booked up for today, but they are taking them for tomorrow and beyond that.

Eligible:

Residents can check their eligibility to receive
the COVID-19 vaccine at the list below. Those who are eligible must make an
appointment. Only those who meet the criteria can make an appointment at this
time.  Appointments must be made online at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/vaccine.The
vaccine will be provided for free regardless of insurance or immigration
status.  
As of Monday, January 4, the following residents meet the criteria to the
vaccine as per the New York State prioritization guidance:
• High-risk hospital staff, affiliates,
volunteers and contract staff including State-operated Office of Mental Health
(OMH) psychiatric centers
• Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel
• Medical Examiners and Coroners
• Funeral workers who have direct contact
with infectious material and bodily fluids.
• Health care, other high-risk direct care
essential staff and agency staff working in Long Term Care Facilities and
long-term, congregate settings overseen by Office of People with Developmental
Disabilities (OPWDD) the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of
Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).
• Residents living in Long Term Care
Facilities and in long-term congregate settings overseen by OPWDD, OMH and
OASAS
• FQHC staff
• Urgent Care providers
• Any staff administering COVID-19
vaccinations
• All Outpatient/Ambulatory front line, high
risk health care providers who provide direct in-person patient care or other
staff in a position where they have direct contact with patients, such as
receptionists, of any age.

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