JAMESTOWN — New York State mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will soon take walk-ins for New Yorkers ages 60 and older.
On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the policy change that goes into effect Friday.
There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. Additionally, all proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed.
He says that removing the vaccine requirement for the elderly demographic, his own age group which is arguable the most vulnerable to the ravages of the virus, means there’s no excuse for not getting inoculated.
“Every day our state moves closer to a post-pandemic future by vaccinating more New Yorkers, and we’re building on that momentum by making it easier for our residents to get vaccinated, expanding eligibility and opening new vaccination sites across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re taking that effort a step further and making the vaccine more accessible to older New Yorkers by allowing walk-ins to get vaccinated at 16 mass vaccination sites. A robust vaccination program is vitally important to the public health, and we’re working 24/7 to get shots in arms, protect New Yorkers and move the state forward.”
The closest site to Jamestown is located in Buffalo at the Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Ave.
The new policy is a change from previous appointment-only rules for everyone that often involved hours scouring different websites for available slots.
About 44 percent of New York state residents have received as least one vaccine dose since the immunization effort began.
The Chautauqua County Health Department held their first COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinic earlier this week.