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New York expands vaccine eligibility to everyone age 50 and up

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WHEC and AP
Updated: March 23, 2021 08:52 AM
Created: March 22, 2021 11:42 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —  New York officially expanded eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine to everyone age 50 and older Tuesday.

Governor Cuomo first announced the move Monday.

Previously, only people age 60 and older could get vaccinated, as well as certain essential workers and people with select health conditions that leave them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Cuomo said vaccine supply will be "ramping up," but the state needs to have the capacity and the people who are willing to get the shot.

“We will have enough vaccine to vaccinate people,” Cuomo said. "We have to make sure we have the capacity and willingness to take the vaccine.”

Cuomo said vaccine supply will be "ramping up," but the state needs to have the capacity and the people who are willing to get the shot.

“We will have enough vaccine to vaccinate people,” Cuomo said. "We have to make sure we have the capacity and willingness to take the vaccine.”

The governor also announced the state is launching a campaign called Roll Up Your Sleeve, which he said is geared towards gaining trust in the vaccine. He says having houses of worship partner with local healthcare systems will help achieve that goal by bringing in "added credibility." 

New York has now provided at least one dose of the vaccine to about one-fourth of its population of 19 million residents. That’s in line with the national average, according to federal data.

The governor said he wants to address the lower level of vaccination among minority communities, which can face barriers to healthcare.

“We still have not reached fairness and equity in the number of vaccines,” Cuomo said, later adding: “That discrepancy has to be remedied.”

Black New Yorkers represent 17.3% of New York’s population over the age of 15, while Hispanics or Latinos represent 18%. But 9.9% of people with at least one dose identified as Black, while 11.9% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

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