On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced all New Yorkers 16 and over will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine starting April 6.
He also announced New Yorkers aged 30 and above could start scheduling appointments Tuesday, March 30.
The news means New York will be vaccinating all its adult residents a month ahead of President Joe Biden’s deadline of May 1.
Cuomo said the move marked a “monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID.”
“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,” he said.
“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.”
So far, the state has administered more than two million vaccine doses at state and FEMA run sites, including Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College. More than nine million doses had been administered across all sites statewide, Cuomo said, adding more than 30% of New Yorkers had received at least one dose.
The governor said the states demand still far exceeded supply from the federal government, and he urged New Yorkers to stay patient as they made appointments.
The announcement came the same day President Biden urged states to reimpose mask mandates, after the C.D.C. director warned of “impending doom” with virus spread and possible new infections.
The City is now now providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible homebound NYC residents. You can fill out an interest form here, which will enable the City to contact you to further discuss your eligibility.
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