Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

February 26, 2021
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


Appointments for People with Comorbidities to Open Next Week

NEW CITY, NY, - The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine at the RCDOH site will open on the COVID-19 webpage for all Phase 1b essential workers only today at 4:00 pm. We expect the registration link to only be open for a few minutes. For up-to-date information on vaccinations at the RCDOH COVID-19 clinic, follow/like us at or

This week, RCDOH received 1,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine (week 10 and 11 allocations) for eligible workers who live or work in NYS and work as part of the expanded phase 1b essential worker category, including police, firefighters, teachers, college professors, grocery store workers, restaurant employees, restaurant delivery workers, and for-hire vehicle drivers, including taxi, livery, black car, and transportation network company drivers. The full list of essential workers that qualify for a vaccine at the RCDOH can be found here.

You must attest to being a Phase 1b essential worker to register for an appointment. Appointments are required. Phase 1b essential workers will be able to make an appointment by visiting:

  • If you are a Phase 1b essential employee who works in New York State, you must bring proof of employment to your appointment such as an employee ID card, a letter from your employer or affiliated organization, a recent pay stub, etc.

  • If you are a Phase 1b essential employee who lives in New York State but works out of state, you must bring proof of residency to your appointment such as a New York State driver's license or proof of New York State residency in addition to the proof of employment listed above.

Next week, the RCDOH will begin vaccinating residents with qualifying comorbidities/underlying health conditions. Expect an announcement about booking appointments on Monday, March 1, 2021. A list of qualifying comorbidities/underlying health conditions can be found here. To show you have a qualifying comorbidity or an underlying health condition, New Yorkers must provide documentation which must be either a doctor's letter, medical information evidencing comorbidity, or a signed certification/attestation.

The RCDOH must follow the Governor's Executive Order and New York State guidelines on whom we can vaccinate. Appointments for vaccinations performed by hospitals, local pharmacies, physician networks or practices, and other locations must be made directly through those providers. A list of Rockland County's Vaccine Allocation can be found here.

Check the New York State Am I Eligible webpage for a list of state-run vaccination sites. If you do not have access to a computer, eligible New Yorkers can call to schedule a vaccination appointment at a state-run site by calling the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829.

The Rockland County Department of Health cannot predict how many more doses will be received in the coming weeks and encourages eligible individuals to sign up for appointments wherever they are available.

Your appointment for the second dose will be made for you during your first dose appointment. As a reminder, wherever you receive your first dose of vaccine, you must return to that location for your second dose.