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Vaccine Eligibility

New York State is currently distributing COVID-19 vaccines, as part of its phased plan, to high-risk priority population groups. Learn more about who is currently eligible on the State’s website.

You can also check your eligibility on the State's "Am I Eligible?" application. If you are in a priority group currently eligible for vaccination, the site will show you the locations of state-run sites where you can get the vaccine.

For information on other vaccination sites, including pharmacies and Dutchess County Points of Dispensing (PODs), and available appointments, visit our Vaccine Appointments page.

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To be added to the notification list for appointments at Dutchess County POD locations, you MUST complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Information Request Form. You only need to complete this form once. Learn more about the form

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Current Eligible Groups

Phase 1a

Eligible individuals in phase 1a of the State's plan include:

  • All high-risk, in-person healthcare workers
  • EMS workers
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • Coroners, Medical Examiners, and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care centers, and other congregate care facilities
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities ('O' agencies)
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staffEligible individuals in phase 1a of the State's plan include:
  • All high-risk, in-person healthcare workers
  • EMS workers
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • Coroners, Medical Examiners, and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care centers, and other congregate care facilities
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS facilities ('O' agencies)
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

See the full list on the State's website.

Phase 1b

Governor Cuomo announced that individuals in Phase 1b are eligible for vaccination:

  • Teachers and education workers, including contractors and in-person college instructors
  • First responders (police, fire, ambulance operators, and corrections officers)
  • Public safety workers (dispatchers and emergency communications personnel)
  • Public transit workers
  • People age 65 and older
  • Individuals living or working in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
  • Public-facing grocery store workers

See the full list on the State's website.

Underlying Health Conditions and Co-Morbidities

New York State has announced adults of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine.

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus 
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease

Read more on the State's website

Proof of Eligibility

To be vaccinated at a Dutchess County Point of Dispensing (POD) vaccination site, please be prepared to show identification.

Phase 1a and 1b proof of eligibility:

  • Driver’s license OR
  • Pay stub OR
  • Employer-issued ID

Qualifying underlying health conditions proof of eligibility: