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February 12, 2021

Information on New Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Information on New Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Starting February 14, 2021, New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions will be eligible to make appointments at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, with the first appointments being scheduled for February 15.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT

If you have any of the conditions listed in Governor Cuomo’s announcement, we strongly recommend you book an appointment on the New York State DOH website.

WHEN CAN I GET A VACCINE AT WESTMED?

Westmed is committed to protecting our patients from COVID-19, and our team is standing at the ready to start vaccinating you. However, as with other medical practices in the area, we have not yet received any vaccine shipments from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), despite numerous and repeated requests. We know that patients feel more comfortable getting vaccinated at their doctor’s office, and we hope that state authorities will decide to prioritize vaccine distribution to medical practices like ours, so that you can get this service from a provider you know and trust.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY

If you are eligible for vaccination based on the new eligibility guidelines, you will need to provide the vaccination site with a letter from your doctor verifying your qualifying medical condition. We are working to quickly identify patients with these conditions according to the information we have in our electronic health record. For those with a My Westmed portal account, you will receive a letter that verifies your medical condition through your portal account. You may download this letter and present it at the vaccination site to satisfy their requirements. If you do not have a My Westmed portal account, a letter will be mailed to you. We are working to produce these letters as quickly as we can.

CALLING YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN

Due to the large demand for COVID-19 vaccines and uncertainty around the supply, we expect to receive many calls for information and requests. Please know that we are doing our best to answer all of your calls and you may experience longer than normal wait times.

As always, please do your part to end this pandemic by continuing to socially distance, washing your hands and wearing your masks. Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19!