'Just tell us when': White Plains pediatrician seeks timeframe for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
Some Hudson Valley doctors are still waiting to hear when they will be able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Dr. Eric Levene of Chester Pediatrics in White Plains says as of Monday morning, there had been no communication from state officials about when he and his staff could get their first dose of the vaccine.
"We're willing to wait our turn," Levene says. "Just tell us when it is."
Levene and other pediatricians are in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's group 1A recommendation, meaning the first Americans to be vaccinated.
Levene says many of their patients are under 2 or are special-needs population, meaning they can't wear masks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new groups that will be eligible to receive vaccines starting next week. That may include Levene and other pediatricians.
"We expect to open to ambulatory care health workers, public facing public health workers," Cuomo says. "Again, including those administering COVID-19 tests."
Levene told News 12 he is hopeful that he will be included in that group, but he hasn't been able to find any clear answers.
The Hudson Valley pediatrician says he wants their patients to feel comfortable coming in and hopes to get an answer on when he will be able to get his vaccine soon.