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Covid-19 Vaccinations for 16-17 Year-old Teens

A Letter to our Patients and Parents,
If you or your child is 16 years of age or older and has any of the conditions listed below, he /she or yourself may be eligible for vaccination against Covid-19. If you are not sure you have one of the conditions below, please ask your healthcare provider.

A few important points:

  • Appointments are required for all Covid-19 vaccinations and can be made using the NYS Am I Eligible App or call the COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old and have a medical condition listed below, vaccine made by the Pfizer drug company is recommended. Currently, Pfizer vaccine is offered at the Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta and the new Hawkeye vaccination site located at the former Kodak Hawkeye parking lot on St. Paul and Avenue E. The Hawkeye site is for Monroe County residents.
  • If you are 18 years old or older and have a medical condition listed below, vaccine made by either the Pfizer or Moderna companies is recommended. Currently these are the only two FDA approved vaccines and are available at any Covid-19 vaccination site.
  • In most counties, including Monroe, patients must state their age and confirm they have one of the medical conditions that make them eligible for vaccine. A Doctor’s note is not needed.
  • Permission of a parent or guardian will likely be required for vaccination (not final yet).

New Yorkers age 16 and older with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

  • Cancer
  • 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, hypertension (high blood pressure) and certain congenital heart disease
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to 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.