New Yorkers aged 50 and over become eligible on Tuesday to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.
That means at least an additional 2.6 million residents of the state will be able to receive one of the three types of vaccine being administered. Starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., resident 50 and older can start making vaccine appointments.
“New York’s distribution network is at the ready to handle an expected increase in supply,” Cuomo said, “and we’re excited to expand eligibility even further to New Yorkers over the age of 50 as we move to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
On Sunday, Cuomo announced that pharmacies would now be permitted to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities or underlying health conditions. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.
“We continue to kick vaccinations into overdrive throughout the state by expanding eligibility, establishing new vaccination sites and allowing providers to reach new populations,” Cuomo said onMonday. “More New Yorkers are getting vaccinated every single day, but we still have a long way to go before defeating the COVID beast and reaching safety.”
In spite of the expanding eligibility, the New York’s population of eligible individuals still far exceeds the number of vaccines being supplied to the state by the federal government.
More than 5.2 million residents statewide (26.2 percent of all New Yorkers) have received at least one vaccine dose; the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots two weeks apart and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires just one shot.
On Long Island, 602,000 residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine does; more than 326,000 have received two.
The governor’s office reported that more than one million vaccine doses have been administered in the last week.