Nassau officials urge adding seniors to new vaccine pre-registration system

As News 12 has previously reported, many senior citizens have had trouble getting appointments to be vaccinated.

News 12 Staff

Feb 25, 2021, 11:22 PM

Updated 1,239 days ago


Help might be on the way for Long Island seniors who are struggling to get vaccinated in the form of a pre-registration system.
For some seniors, the vaccination system is tough to navigate, and appointments are sometimes gone in the blink of an eye.
The pre-registration system was launched by Nassau County Wednesday. The only problem is seniors can't use it because under state guidelines, the county is only focusing on essential workers and people with pre-existing conditions.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Doctor Lawrence Eisenstein say they have been asking the state for permission to vaccinate seniors. They're also working with hospitals to set up events specifically for older residents.
"We are partnering with Northwell, we will have a pod next week where seniors will be able to be vaccinated. And our call center has taken hundreds of thousands of calls," says Eisenstein.
For now, it appears that the county's pre-registration system has a lot of the same problems the regular process has had for months. Just one day after it went online, all of the appointments are already gone.
County officials say more slots will be added soon. But for some seniors, the waiting list would be just as challenging as getting a "regular" appointment.
Republicans in the county Legislature are pushing for a statewide registry, which would prioritize senior citizens. Curran says she agrees with that idea.

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