Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Amidst chaotic rollout, healthcare workers struggle to actually receive vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Amidst chaotic rollout, healthcare workers struggle to actually receive vaccine

Healthcare workers have long been slated to be first in line to receive the Covid vaccine, as many of them are on the dangerous front lines, dealing directly with potential Covid patients. According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 344,000 health care workers have come down with Covid-19 infections since […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: If you are in New York, can you get it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: If you are in New York, can you get it?

The continued struggle to find a place to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York is causing a great deal of anxiety, mirrored by the anxiety of people in other states. I got the first dose of Moderna on Saturday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. I have been following others’ struggles. A friend […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai calls a halt to non-staff vaccinations

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai calls a halt to non-staff vaccinations

It’s been complicated trying to find anybody who’s giving the Covid-19 vaccine here in the New York area. Mount Sinai Health Systems was offering vaccine to all comers — but they shut down their effort last week. I had scheduled an appointment for March 4 on their website, and although I have a confirmation from […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

I got a shot of the Moderna Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine today (Jan. 16) at Jacobi Medical Center, a New York City Health & Hospitals site in the Bronx. Here’s how it happened. Because I’m 66, I qualify in the New York State classification for Stage 1B. But it was crazy hard to find a place […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting around the obstacles

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It’s like a game of telephone: Who’s got a good number to call to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York? We’ve been covering people’s travails over this for the last couple of weeks. There’s not enough supply, the New York website is buggy, and eligibility rules keep changing. You often cannot sign up on […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

When your turn comes, where can you go to get a Covid-19 vaccine? As states and the federal government prepare to vaccinate millions of people this spring, major pharmacy chains and grocery stores like CVS, Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens have emerged as some of the central locations officials say will be distribution points for the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

So I’m 66 years old, and therefore I qualify to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine in New York state under new rules issued this week. I had been hearing from friends and sources how complicated and frustrating the signup was, so I dove in. First I did the “am I eligible?” form on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A state-by-state roundup, some links, and the exclusions

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A state-by-state roundup, some links, and the exclusions

The Covid-19 vaccine distribution landscape is pretty complicated. It varies state by state — some states are more regulated than others. New York’s is one of the most regulated; in Florida, by contrast, there’s not much regulation, and signups are by Eventbrite. Here are some helpful links for those who are navigating the tricky shoals. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

There has been a lot of conversation about extra doses in the Pfizer vaccine vials — meaning that the official regimen could include up to 5 doses per vial, but the vial actually has 6 or 7 doses, or maybe more. So there’s a “leftovers” issue that is causing havoc some places. (See our other […]