Vaccine eligibility age is lowered to 30

Posted 3/31/21

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state’s vaccination program. 172,128 doses have been administered across the state’s vast distribution network in the last 24 …

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Vaccine eligibility age is lowered to 30

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state’s vaccination program. 172,128 doses have been administered across the state’s vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days.

As of Tuesday all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Delivery of the week 16 allocation begins mid-week.

“We know the key to defeating COVID once and for all is getting every single New Yorker vaccinated, and as our supply increases week to week we are opening up eligibility even further to all New Yorkers over the age of 30, with universal eligibility set to begin on April 6,” Cuomo said. “Nearly one out of every three New Yorkers has already received at least one dose of the vaccine, and we are getting more shots in arms every single day while continuing to focus on fair and equitable distribution. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but for now we have to remain New York tough and continue with the practices we know will stop the spread.”

New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.

The ‘Am I Eligible’ screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:

Doctor’s letter, or

Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or

Signed certification

New Yorkers seeking to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site, can visit the ‘Am I Eligible’ website. New Yorkers may also call their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments where vaccines are available.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort.

Visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment at a New York State-run vaccination site. If eligible, you will see all available appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites. Locally, the state operates a vaccination site at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. Residents looking for an appointment can visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. As of Tuesday night, no appointments were available.

Ulster County recently moved its main vaccination location from the Kate Walton Field House to the Hudson Valley Mall. The move allows for up to 2,500 doses per day to be administered and 300 parking spots for residents. Residents looking for an appointment can join the waiting list by visiting vaccinateulster.com or call 845-443-8888.

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