TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department announced that it would be receiving 1,770 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, all of which will be designated for essential workers in Phase 1A and Phase 1B. A full list of those classifications can be found here

The health department will use the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry to alert those who are enrolled on the registry about when appointments are eligible. Groups will be randomly selected to be directly notified with appointment links.

The announcement also references that New York State announced this week that anyone 50 or over can receive the vaccine, meaning anyone who is 50 can sign up for the Vaccine Registry in the county now (as well as anyone else who is eligible for whatever reason).

Over 30 percent of Tompkins County residents have now received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’re making great progress toward community immunity through vaccinations. We need everyone to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible and able to get an appointment,” said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “We have seen a concerning increase in recent cases, and it’s important that we continue to wear masks and keep distance in public, even if we’ve gotten doses of the vaccine.”  

More from the health department:

Caregivers, family members, or friends can complete this registry on behalf of someone who does not have access to the Internet. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) during regular business hours 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m. and someone can register them over the phone. If indicated in the registry, individuals who do not have computer access will be called by a staff member from 2-1-1 or the County’s Office for the Aging to register for an appointment. This registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment. 

Tompkins County will continue to update the community on prioritized groups via press releases, the TCHD website, and email, and will use the registry to communicate directly with eligible individuals when appointments are available.  

Any eligible individual can get vaccinated at State-run sites and can find available appointments via the “Am I Eligible” tool on the State website.  

Individuals being vaccinated at a Tompkins County site must produce proof of eligibility. 

  • If an individual is eligible due to their employment status, they must prove they are employed in the State of New York. 
  • If an individual is eligible due to their age, they must produce proof of age and proof of residence in New York. 
  • If an individual is eligible due to a comorbidity, they must sign the attestation form. 

Matt Butler

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