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A Rush to get Vaccine after Eligibility Expands

The first millions of New Yorkers rushed to get the Covid vaccine at sites around the city a day after people saw they were eligible for a shot.

Four million people with various health conditions such as Hypertension and obesity receive vaccines in the state, inspired by the shortage. Those who could get an appointment were relieved. One of them is Linda Zucker, 55, a lawyer from New Rochelle, N.Y. She had survived breast cancer and was trying to book an appointment since Saturday and finally got one on Sunday morning.

After getting her first shot of vaccination at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Midtown, Ms.Zucker made a statement, “the masks aren’t going anywhere, but at least I won’t feel as at risk anymore.”

The officials working said that technology has made this heinous process simple. The virtual waiting rooms on the website and a callback system on the phone line are used for booking appointments.

In many cases, this update has been confusing due to the system crash. The screen displayed ‘try for appointments’ later, making the users wait indefinitely. Some users tried hard but still failed to get one.

City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the council’s health committee, advised the people seeking an appointment. He suggested the users use incognito window mode to get rid of the technical problem.

Other conditions that now qualify people for vaccines are cancer, developmental disabilities, liver disease, and pregnancy. People must carry proof of their situation, like medical documentation, a doctor’s note, or signed certification.

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