All adults will be eligible for vaccine soon
NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Additionally, more than 2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered at New York State-run and FEMA-assisted mass vaccination sites. Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites. 171,419 doses have been administered across the state's distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. Delivery of the week 16 allocation begins mid-week.
"Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID," Cuomo said. "Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House. 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. 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."
New York's 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 should not 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. The tool can be utilized at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state's vaccination program and do not include those reserved for the federal government's Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York state as of 11 a.m. Monday is as follows.
Total doses administered - 9,056,970
Total doses administered over past 24 hours - 171,419
Total doses administered over past 7 days - 1,319,740
Percent of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 29.6 percent
Percent of New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 16.8 percent.
In the Finger Lakes region, 368,859 have received their first vaccine dose. 203,175 have gotten both. In the Southern Tier, 200,871 have one and 109,912 both.
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. The website is available at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-tracker#_blank.