Jonathan Van Ness Celebrates Getting COVID Vaccine, Encourages HIV-Positive People to Check Eligibility
People with underlying conditions in New York State were able to sign up to get vaccinated as of Feb. 15
Van Ness, 33, who is HIV-positive, revealed he was able to get his first dose of the vaccine in New York due to the new rollouts of eligibility.
He posted a photo on Instagram as he appeared to have a big smile under his masks while the vaccine was administered.
"In NY, where I'm working the vaccine program expanded to include people w pre-existing conditions, being HIV+ is one of the conditions that allows folks to be vaccinated, so if you're HIV+ please check your states guidelines to see if you're eligible and get vaccinated against covid-19!" Van Ness wrote on Instagram.
He continued, "There was a list of other conditions that allows for vaccination so wherever you are check the lists and see if you can get in line."
In New York State, people with comorbidities and underlying conditions have been eligible to get vaccinated since Feb. 15.
"We're committed to vaccinating vulnerable populations that have suffered the most as we distribute a strictly limited supply of vaccines, and people with comorbidities are 94 percent of the state's COVID deaths. That's why we'll open eligibility to people with comorbidities starting February 15 and give hospitals the ability to use extra doses they have to address that population," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
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"Biggest Hug & Happy Monday!" Van Ness ended his post. "Stay safe xx."
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