The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New York State on December 14. Governor Cuomo implemented a phased-in approach to vaccine distribution and people with developmental disabilities living in congregate settings, and the staff who care for them were among the first to receive the vaccine in Phase 1 of the distribution.
On February 5, Governor Cuomo announced that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in non-certified settings will be added to the 1b prioritization category and will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines as of February 15, 2021. This most recent expansion of prioritization in the New York State vaccination rollout now includes all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On this page you will find information related to the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution. While the vaccine's arrival is welcome news, the threat of COVID-19 is far from over. Be sure to refer often to the main COVID-19 page for the latest updates and guidance regarding the virus.
Major announcements about the COVID-19 vaccine for the people we support are publicized through Commissioner’s Messages. You can read the latest Commissioner's Messages by visiting our Pressroom.
About the Vaccine
You can book appointments at New York State-operated vaccination sites by using the Am I Eligible? tool provided by the NYS Department of Health.
For questions about the process or general questions about the vaccine, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/frequently-asked-questions or to https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know to learn more.
The vaccines are also available at no cost to you.
You will need two doses of the same vaccine to be fully vaccinated.
It is important to note that no vaccine is 100% effective. While you wait to get the vaccine and even in the weeks after receiving both required doses, you must make sure to continue to:
•Wear a mask
•Socially distance from others (at least 6 feet apart)
•Practice good hand hygiene
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines available, and both have been deemed safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a special task force made up of New York State medical and scientific experts.
People with developmental disabilities and people with weakened immune systems continue to be among some of the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19. A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will help maximize your protection against the virus. The booster doses are free and available statewide. Schedule your vaccine appointment at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/booster-doses.