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Have questions about NY's COVID-19 vaccine rollout? We're here to help

Sarah Taddeo
New York State Team

At least 7 million people are now eligible for New York's allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine, but the state has hit distribution roadblocks as the federal government restricts supply and the state's appointment system has struggled to keep up with demand.

Dozens of vaccination centers opened across the state last week as the vaccine became available to Phase 1B, its second major group of eligible citizens, including school personnel, police and those age 65 or older.

But many people are facing confusion around securing appointments, and pharmacies registered as distributors were deluged with calls before they ever got the vaccine.

Erika Forsell gets her first Covid-19 vaccination from nurse Eileen Andreos while in the old JCPenny's in the Poughkeepsie Galleria Jan. 15, 2021.

Meanwhile, the federal government restricted its expected weekly doses headed to the state from 300,000 to 250,000 — leaving 7 million people waiting in line jostling for a relatively small number of available doses.

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New Yorkers have questions about how they're supposed to navigate this system, and we want to help answer them. While we can't guarantee a full answer to every inquiry, we want to hear from you about what you think we should help answer when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine in New York. 

If you have a specific question, please fill out the form below. We'll be following up with a story looking at some of best and most frequently asked questions from readers. 

Sarah Taddeo is the consumer watchdog reporter for USA Today Network's New York State Team. Got a story tip or comment? Contact Sarah at STADDEO@Gannett.com or (585) 258-2774. Follow her on Twitter @Sjtaddeo. This coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Please consider becoming a digital subscriber.