OSWEGO — The COVID-19 vaccine is 2021’s hottest commodity and locals are eager to get vaccinated, but health officials are asking for patience and say individuals can check their eligibility status on a state-run website.

To help local providers handle the burden of phone lines jammed with calls requesting vaccine information, the New York State Department of Health is urging use of its online eligibility screening tool.

Located at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, the screening tool can tell New Yorkers where in the queue they are according to federal and state vaccine protocol.

The tool asks for an input of name and other identifying information, then sorts the individual into one of the state’s vaccination tiers. People can also provide a text message or email address to receive alerts for when they become eligible.

Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Not until there’s enough data from studies in different age groups, which will stretch well into next year.

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