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.
Who cannot get the vaccine
There are a number of exclusions. The people we’ve talked to who got vaccinated reported being asked a series of questions.
For example, it’s supposed to be at least 2 weeks away from any other vaccination — so if you got a flu or pneumonia or whooping cough shot recently, you might have to wait.
It’s not supposed to be given to people with an active Covid infection. Anybody who has been exposed to Covid should not get the shot until their quarantine period has ended.
People under 16 cannot get the Pfizer vaccine; people under 18 cannot get the Moderna vaccine.
A complete list of such stipulations from the Centers for Disease Control can be found here.
How to get the vaccine in your state
Here is an incredibly handy roundup of state-by-state regulations.
Here’s the Illinois site.
Here’s the New Jersey site.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.