Cuomo Announces New Group of People Eligible for COVID Vaccine
New York State will soon allow more people to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new group of New Yorkers who will be eligible to get the COVID vaccine. According to a tweet from Governor Cuomo, people 60 years and older will be the next eligible group to get the COVID vaccine in New York.
This new eligibility will take effect on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8 a.m. This announcement was made at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Currently, the fairgrounds are being used as a temporary state-run vaccination site. Cuomo also said that as of March 17, 2021, all vaccination sites will be able to vaccinate anyone who is eligible, with pharmacies as the only exception, according to a press release.
According to a press release, more eligibility has also been announced for certain professions:
- Public-facing government and public employees
- Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
- Essential in-person public-facing building service workers
In the press release, Governor Cuomo said:
Supply is steadily increasing and we're opening new vaccination sites and expanding eligibility to match it. New Yorkers over 60 years old and those who serve their fellow New Yorkers in the public sector are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and we're addressing that vulnerability by providing access to the vaccine.
Currently, there is a list of those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find out if you are eligible here. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- Individuals who work in private medical practices
- Hospital-affiliated medical practices; public health clinics
- Specialty medical practices of all types
- Dental practices of all types
- Dialysis workers
- Diagnostic and treatment centers
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
- Behavioral health workers
- Student health workers
- Frontline essential workers: first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.
- Restaurant workers
- Anyone 65 or older
- People with comorbidities
- As of Wednesday, March 10, 2021, anyone 60 or older
- As of March 17, 2021, Public-facing government and public employees
- As of March 17, 2021, Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
- As of March 17, 2021, Essential in-person public-facing building service workers
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