TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Tompkins County Health Department has announced the newest delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses for this week, with 1,170 doses that are being prioritized for Phase 1B essential workers and people with comorbidities.

The breakdown is 700 doses designated for the Phase 1B essential workers and 470 for individuals with comorbidities. For those who are essential workers, the health department is offering the vaccination via a random selection from the vaccine registry, which continues to be the best way to hear about vaccine eligibility, eligibility expansion and appointment availability. You can sign up for the registry here, as long as you’re part of an eligible population.

However, all appointments for this week have been filled, as the health department has already reached out to all those enrolled on the registry and belonging to priorizied populations and all 1,170 doses are now reserved. The health department is urging those on the registry to pay close attention to their phones and emails, plus for those with eligible friends, family members and otherwise to make sure they are enrolled in the registry. Caregivers can enroll in the registry for those that don’t have internet access.

The full list of eligible workers and populations is listed here, with an ever-expanding list of eligible occupations.

There have now been 22,565 residents of Tompkins County vaccinated with at least the first dose, as of the night of March 8.

“As vaccinations increase, it is critical that everyone continue to wear masks when out in public and keep distance from one another,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, adding that the county needs 100 percent of the people on the registry to get their vaccine dosages. “We know these vaccines are effective in keeping people healthy, but we do not know how they impact people’s ability to spread the disease. The CDC has recently issued more guidance about individuals who are fully vaccinated, but TCHD continues to follow New York State Department of Health guidance and we will communicate any changes to the community.”

The health department has been holding a series of “Office Hours” videos with local doctors and health professionals about the efficacy of the vaccine, which can be found here.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com