HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, down from 50 and older. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Additionally, Cuomo announced more than 2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered at New York State-run and FEMA-assisted mass vaccination sites. Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites. 171,419 doses have been administered across the state's distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days, Cuomo said. Delivery of the state's week 16 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
"Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID," Cuomo said. "Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House."
Cuomo added: "As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity, particularly for communities of color who are too often left behind. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance and follow all safety guidelines."
While the eligibility is greatly expanding, securing the vaccine may require patience and repeated efforts to find an available appointment.
According to Monday's announcement from Cuomo's office, "New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment."
Cuomo added that the 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible: doctor's letter, medical information evidencing comorbidity, or signed certification.