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COVID Vaccine Information for New Castle Residents, Help for Local Seniors

Vaccines

To determine eligibility, find information about vaccination sites, and schedule appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app or call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline from 7am - 10pm, 7 days a week at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Government-Run Vaccine Sites

There are three government operated vaccination sites in Westchester County. Together these three sites have vaccinated approximately 40,000 County residents.: 
  1. Westchester Community College – This site opened on Friday 2/5 and has the capacity to offer approximately 300 people per day. Currently this site is for first responders only.
  2. Westchester County Health Clinic on Court Street in White Plains – This is a smaller site operated by the County DOH that is limited to essential workers, including health care workers. This site provides 300-350 vaccines per day and has vaccinated 6,300 people total.
  3. Westchester County Center in White Plains – Operated by the State, this site is open from 8AM-7PM, 7 days/week. They vaccinate 1000-1100 people per day and have vaccinated a total of 31,453 people to date.

The County is currently working with municipalities to ensure that all first responders who want to receive the shot have an appointment for vaccination. In addition, we are creating a list of homebound residents so that the County can reach them via a mobile clinic, when authorized to do so by the State. 

Non Government Sites

There are three other types of vaccination locations:

  1. Pharmacies – Primarily tasked with appointments for 65+ years
  2. Hospitals – Primarily tasked with health care professionals
  3. Temporary “pop up” locations – these are not open to the public and are operated in cooperation with a local non-profit to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations.
Assemblyman Chris Burdick recently published the following list on non-State-run vaccination sites: https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Chris-Burdick/story/95141

Information on Westchester County’s Week 9 Vaccine Allocation can be found here: https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/8804-westchester-county-vaccine-allocation-week-9

Underlying conditions

Beginning on 2/15 adult New Yorkers 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 (body mass index [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
The list is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as New York State obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

More information: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

As per Governor Cuomo, New Yorkers will have to provide documentation as required by the facility where they are getting vaccinated—the exact form of documentation will be up to local governments, but may be either a doctor's letter, medical information evidencing comorbidity, or a certification.

New Castle Helps Local Seniors Find Vaccine Appointments

We are here to help! The Town of New Castle has Community Center staff available to assist our local seniors Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.  New Castle residents who are seniors in need of assistance can call the center at 914-238-8888. Our “angels,” Maria Ruhl and Bess Steiger, have been able to assist senior residents with making appointments as appointments become available. They are gathering contact information from seniors who are interested in getting vaccinated and contacting them as we get more information. Thank you Maria and Bess! 

Please note, several residents have inquired about volunteering to help local seniors. While we are currently able to handle the call volume using Town staff, we are grateful as ever for the big hearts and generosity of the community and we will put out a call for volunteers if needed. Thank you!

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