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NY expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 30+, 16+ eligible April 6

NY expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 30+, 16+ eligible April 6 Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: March 30, 2021 06:21 AM
Created: March 29, 2021 01:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York state residents over 30 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, and everyone over 16 will be eligible starting April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

People over the age of 30 can begin booking appointments at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Due to limited supply, the state says people are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.                               

New York was previously one of three states to not announce a date for universal eligibility. The White House set a May 1 deadline for states to open up universal vaccine eligibility. 

"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," Cuomo said in a statement Monday. "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." 

Appointments will be expanded to people 30+ starting at 8 a.m. To schedule an appointment, check the state's website, Monroe County Department of Health, or the Finger Lakes Regional Vaccine Hub page. 

You can also call the state's vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Nearly three out of 10 New Yorkers have received at least a first dose of the vaccine, in line with the national average, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

And 15.2% of 19 million New Yorkers are fully vaccinated - the 39th lowest level in the nation, according to The Associated Press’s analysis of federal data.

Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Emil Lesho joined News10NBC Monday evening for a live interview about what this expanded eligibility could mean as the area, and the nation, sees an increase in COVID-19 cases. Watch the full interview in the video below (mobile users, click here):

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