TOMKPINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced that it is expanding vaccination eligibility to include public-facing hotel workers and individuals who are homebound. Those two populations are also now eligible to sign up for the Vaccine Registry, which notifies them when appointments for vaccines become available.

For people who are homebound, the vaccination will be administered in their homes. Caregivers or the individual will be directly contacted, provided they sign up for the registry, when appointments can be scheduled. Caregivers, family or friends can all complete the registry on behalf of someone who does not have internet access. People can also call 2-1-1 or (877-211-8667) between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to be registered over the phone. Enrolling in the registry means that the health department will use the registry to distribute registration links for eligible populations on a rolling basis, depending on availability and supply.

TCHD is also urging everyone who signs up for the registry to check their email (including their spam mailbox) and phone for messages confirming appointment availability. Emails containing appointment links come from swift911@tompkins-co.org. TCHD recently published a video explaining the vaccine registry on the County’s YouTube page.

Matt Butler

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