NY Expands Vaccine Access, Announces Timeline For Universal Eligibility

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ALBANY – New York State is expanding vaccine eligibility to those 30 and older, and plans to unveil universal eligibility next week.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news on Monday afternoon, saying the new criteria goes into effect on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

He says starting April 6, universal eligibility will go into effect for all New Yorkers 16 years and older.

“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID,” said Cuomo in a sattment. “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.”

“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,” furthered Cuomo. “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.”


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