Monroe County prepares to vaccinate Phase 1B workers 

Monroe County is expecting a shipment of coronavirus vaccine as early as Tuesday and the county Department of Public Health is preparing to open an online vaccine scheduling link specifically for Phase 1B essential workers who are eligible to be inoculated.

This link will be posted on the county web site after the county receives its vaccine shipment. Appointments will be made available later in the week at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The following is a general list of essential employees who will be eligible to sign up using this link. For more detailed descriptions of these categories, visit this link.

*First responder or support staff for first responder agency
*P-12 school (public or non-public)
*In-person college faculty and instructors
*Employees or support staff of licensed, registered, approved, or legal exempt group childcare settings
*Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group childcare provider
*Public transit
*Public-facing grocery store workers, including convenience store and bodega workers
*Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
*Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents.

Please note that the county is receiving the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for individuals 18 years and older.

For clarification, Monroe County announced that it anticipated allocating 1,050 doses of vaccine to essential workers. The total is now expected to be 1,500 doses. Of that, 1,100 will be scheduled through the link announced above. The County will work with its community partners to schedule the remaining 400 doses.

The essential employee scheduling link announced above is separate from a scheduling link that will be designated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions. That link will also be posted on the County web site after the vaccine arrives. Go to

For more information about vaccination opportunities in the Finger Lakes region, visit

Randy Gorbman is the news director for WXXI News, a media partner of CITY.
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