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Vaccine Update Expanded Eligibility
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Written by Patrick Bradley

January 13, 2021

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense the COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify at the Niagara Falls City School District Field House on the Niagara Falls High School campus. Although people must belong to an eligible priority group to be vaccinated, the state this week significantly expanded its list of those groups. View the list below.

In order to comply with state regulations, registration for all COVID -19 vaccine appointments must be done through internet-based CDMS.

The medical center will continue to vaccinate members of Priority Group 1A, which includes front-line health care workers, nursing home residents, emergency medical services personnel, and residents of group homes overseen by state agencies such as the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Mental Health.

As is the case with other regional hospitals, Memorial is experiencing periodic vaccine shortages due to overwhelming demand and short supply. Therefore, the scheduling of vaccine events will depend on the availability of the vaccine Memorial receives. Under New York’s expanded eligibility, the list of individuals below will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. At the end of the list is a link to the scheduling system.

Under New York’s expanded eligibility, the following individuals will now be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: 

  • Individuals Age 75 and older
  • First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies

Fire Service

State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

Police and Investigators

State Police, including Troopers

State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers

SUNY Police

Sheriffs’ Offices

County Police Departments and Police Districts

City, Town, and Village Police Departments

Transit or other Public Authority Police Departments

State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority 

  • Public Safety Communications

Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians

  • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel

Court Officers

Other Police or Peace Officers

Support or Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities 

  • Corrections

State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers

Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers

Local Probation Departments, including probation officers

State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • P-12 Schools

P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)

Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)

In-Person College Instructors

Employees or Support Staff of Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Setting

Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers

In-Person College Instructors 

  • Public-Facing Grocery Store Workers
  • Public Transit

Airline and airport employees

Passenger railroad employees

Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)

Ferry employees

Port Authority employees

Public bus employee

  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same household

Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents.

In order to comply with state regulations, registration for all COVID -19 vaccine appointments must be done through internet-based CDMS. Click here for appointments.

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