How do I get on the vaccine list?

To the Editor:

I see that they are going to set up vaccine distribution soon [The Altamont Enterprise, Jan. 1, 2021]. That's wonderful!

I also see that as an older person with an ongoing health condition I should “contact my doctor” to get on the list. Nice — I don't have a doctor locally as I have not needed one since I moved here earlier last year.

I have a health condition that I manage on my own, and have for years. (Actually, more than one.) I have health insurance — with a $3,500 deductible, so if I try to find a local doctor to put me on a list, I will have to pay out-of-pocket for an office visit.

Is there not some other way to get on the vaccine list than to have to pay a private physician for the privilege? Seriously?

Mary Private


Editor’s note: On Monday, the state launched a new “Am I Eligible” app to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility for vaccination, connect them with administration centers, and schedule appointments. To access the app, as well as find the latest information concerning the vaccine and its administration, visit:

Currently, the Capital Region is in the midst of administering vaccines to people in the 1a tier: 1a is for health-care workers; first responders in medical roles such as emergency medical services providers, medical examiners and coroners, funeral workers, and ambulatory care providers; and for residents and employees of long-term care facilities including congregate settings overseen by the state’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Addiction Service and Support.


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