ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — New York state is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in a major way, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
All New Yorkers 30 years and older will be eligible to begin scheduling vaccine appointments starting Tuesday at 8 a.m. Most recently, the age cutoff was for the 50-plus age group.
Furthermore, the governor says universal eligibility will go into effect for all New Yorkers over the age of 16 on April 6, nearly a month ahead of President Joe Biden’s nationwide deadline.
“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID. 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,” Gov. Cuomo said in a Tuesday press release. “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.”
As of Monday afternoon, more than 9 million vaccine doses had been administered in New York, including 171,419 since Sunday’s update from the governor’s office.
Additionally, the governor’s office says more than 1.3 million doses have been administered in the past seven days, with 30% of New York’s population who has now received at least one dose.
Joint statement Monday from Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza:
“Today, New York State announced that it was expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals 30 years of age and older starting tomorrow, March 30 and to any New York State resident 16 years of age or older starting April 6. This expansion has added thousands of more residents to the eligibility list and is a significant step in our efforts to expedite vaccination of as many people in our community as possible.
Monroe County has recently experienced a surge in new cases among those not currently age-eligible to receive the vaccine, particularly among teenagers, college-aged residents and young professionals. Expanding eligibility to reach this subset of our community will help our efforts to slow community spread and transmission of COVID-19. However, we also want to remind the community that all other precautions should still be followed including wearing a face covering public and in large gatherings, safe physical distance from others and good hand hygiene.
It has been our goal to ensure Monroe County’s capacity to administer vaccine outpaces vaccine supply. Our vaccination teams at the County-operated Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Fleet Center PODs are working tirelessly to ensure every drop of vaccine is administered in our community, and will continue to do so with this expanded eligibility.
We encourage all eligible Monroe County residents to regularly check Monroe County’s website, www.monroecounty.gov, or visit the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub’s appointment finder, www.flvaccinehub.com for available vaccine appointments.”
- Total doses administered – 9,056,970
- Total doses administered over past 24 hours – 171,419
- Total doses administered over past 7 days – 1,319,740
- Percent of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 29.6%
- Percent of New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 16.8%
Monday’s coronavirus data, according to the governor, is summarized briefly below:
- Test Results Reported – 184,530
- Total Positive – 7,622
- Percent Positive – 4.13%
- Patient Hospitalization – 4,575 (+46)
- 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.46%
- Patients Newly Admitted – 486
- Hospital Counties – 50
- Number ICU – 890 (+13)
- Number ICU with Intubation – 521 (-9)
- Total Discharges – 160,868 (+406)
- Deaths – 57
- Total Deaths – 40,390
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