NEW CITY – Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced the arrival of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Department of Health and the plan to begin vaccinating individuals eligible under the State Phased Vaccination program.
Members of the Department of Health clinical staff who were eligible to be vaccinated received their first dose of the vaccine, the second dose will be given in four weeks.
“It is excellent to now have this vaccine in hand and be able to supplement the other vaccination efforts already underway. Providing vaccinations to our clinical staff who will in turn vaccinate other eligible individuals is the very beginning of the end of this pandemic. We have all been through so much and to take this considerable step towards protecting the health and safety of Rockland residents is an extremely positive development,” said Dr. Ruppert.
The Rockland County Department of Health will now offer vaccinations to eligible groups and populations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only those eligible under the NYS Phased Vaccination program will be able to receive a vaccination at the Department of Health.
To date, the State Department of Health or other state or local agencies have directly notified those groups and populations that are eligible to be vaccinated. Individuals are not currently able to call either the state or Local Health Department to register to be vaccinated.
The state has launched a tool to check if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York. If you are eligible, the tool will show you where you can go to get the vaccine. Linked here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online, and you will receive a submission ID, or you can fill out the form at your vaccination site.