COVID-19 Vaccines - Updates

News flash:  Starting April 6, New Yorkers 16 years of age and older can begin scheduling and receiving vaccines.  Vaccine eligibility also includes: not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need, public-facing government and public employees and essential in-person public-facing building service workers.

NYS residents with pre-existing conditions are also eligible for vaccines; to check your eligibility, click here. 

To learn more about the New York State Vaccination Program or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Additional Vaccine sites have recently been added; the list below is not complete so do check with your own preferred local pharmacy: 

Walgreens Pharmacy - New appointments posted at midnight and sometimes early morning between 7-9 am. You must make a Walgreens account in the person’s name and verify identity before you will be able to book an appointment. 

CVS Pharmacy - Most appointments show up “early” morning 7-8 am, but may be posted throughout the day. No account required. 

Rite Aid Pharmacy - Appointments may show up periodically throughout the day. No account required. 

Stop & Shop - Appointments are limited, but they do show up periodically throughout the day. No account required. 

Kinney Drugs - Primarily located in upstate New York 

Top Value Pharmacy - Bronx location. Has an online scheduler and also provides the option to join a waitlist. VGCiZZTcim9t14EkevraOrA 

Joseph Pharmacy - sign up to join waitlist Uv55hq_uWIyByeeTEE

Help for Seniors

As if dealing with an almost year long pandemic were not challenging enough, seniors are now confronted with the complicated process of signing up online for limited doses of the COVID-19  vaccine.  For those Scarsdale senior citizens who do not have the tech skills or friends or relatives to provide assistance, a group of Scarsdale High School students, led by Juliette Silk, have stepped into the breach to provide support. Juliette and her team of helpers may be reached at: Vax Helpers - Juliette Silk: 914-574-7863

Vaccine hotline for seniors: Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services is helping the county’s senior citizens navigate the COVID-19 vaccine appointment process through an information and assistance phone line on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 914-813-6300,

For advice and links to helpful resources: Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service - Maryellen Saenger: 914-723-3281.

For additional, comprehensive information: Westchester Library System: Covid -19: What to do and Where to Learn More at:

Need a ride to your appointment?  Contact RideConnect - 914-242-7433,; and  WestFair Rides - 914-764-3533,

Sadly, desperate times are often fertile breeding grounds for scammers.  The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) website warns of the following red flags: 

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

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Finally, the isolation and restrictions resulting from almost a year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic can cause significant psychological stress and not just on Senior Citizens. NY Project Hope is an emotional support helpline, providing educational materials, and trusted referrals. Contact Project Hope at: 1-844-863-9314; or see their helpful website at:


Published by on January 25, 2021
Last Modified April 19, 2021