COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for childcare and school-age childcare providers in New York State. Despite eligibility, we know that many of our friends and colleagues are hesitant to receive the vaccine. If you still have questions, we want to help you get answers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars

Resources for Learning & Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccines

Afterschool Professional COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in New York

As of January 11th, the COVID-19 vaccine is available for childcare and school-age childcare providers in New York State as part of group 1B. New Yorkers eligible for the vaccine include, but are not limited to:
  • Owners, Operators and staff of OCFS licensed and registered child care programs.
  • Providers and staff of New York City based child care programs under article 43 and article 47 of the city health code. (Identified in the guidance as “approved child care”)
  • Providers and staff of Legally Exempt Group Child Care programs
  • In addition, school personnel have been added to the prioritized populations including:
    •  P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
    • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
*No unlicensed, unregistered, informal, or legally exempt home-based providers of child care are eligible as part of group 1B.


For more information about the vaccine, eligibility, and scheduling an appointment, visit New York State’s website.