Kinney Drugs in Ithaca (Courtesy of Kinney Drugs)

ITHACA, N.Y.—Kinney Drugs has begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to people over 30 who make appointments, as well as several other groups of people in reaction to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that New Yorkers over 30 are eligible for the vaccine, and will soon expand eligibility to those over 16.

Kinney had previously only been administering vaccinations to teachers and people over 50 years old. Appointments can be made through Kinney’s site, where there is also more information about what criteria one must meet to qualify for an appointment if they are under 30.

People who are over 16 and New York residents will become eligible to receive their vaccine on April 6. For those wondering about eligibility, they can check through New York State to see if they are eligible then enroll in the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry.

There are Kinney locations in Tompkins County at 513 North Cayuga Street in Ithaca and 2255 Triphammer Road in Ithaca.

Kinney Drugs has expanded their eligibility to those over 30, those over 18 with comorbidities and P-12 teachers and staff. The list of accepted comorbidities is here:

  • Cancer;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Pulmonary disease (such as COPD, asthma, etc.);
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Heart conditions, including high blood pressure;
  • Weakened immune system;
  • Obesity (Body Mass Index 30+ kg/m2);
  • Pregnancy;
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia;
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes;
  • Diseases affecting blood vessels and blood supply to the brain;
  • Neurological conditions; and/or
  • Liver disease.

Matt Butler

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