Cuomo: CDC expands vaccination recommendations, 7 million NYers now eligible

Cuomo: CDC expands vaccination recommendations, 7 million NYers now eligible Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: January 12, 2021 11:24 AM
Created: January 12, 2021 11:20 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)— Roughly 7 million New Yorkers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as Governor Cuomo said Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control has expanded its recommendation for who can get the shot.

In a teleconference Tuesday morning, Cuomo said the CDC expanded its guidance to include people 65 years and older, and the immunocompromised. This expands on its previous recommendation which just included people 75 years and older, healthcare workers, and some front-line employees.

While Cuomo says the "pool" of who can get tested has expanded, the state is still receiving just 300,000 doses a week from the federal government. By his estimate, there is a six-month window to get it.

New York began Phase 1b of vaccinations Monday, which expanded to include those who are 75 and older, and those front-line workers. Additionally, Cuomo said he'd still like hospitals to "prioritize" the vaccine for essential and healthcare workers. According to NBC News, the CDC will not require states to follow its guidelines.

The news comes as Monroe County launched its vaccination website exclusively for healthcare workers. The state also launched its own website, which allows you to see if you're eligible for the vaccine.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News10NBC at Noon, and then again at 5:00 and 6:00 for updates.

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