Starting on Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers aged 30 and older will be able to schedule appointments for vaccinations, lowering the age threshold from age 50 and older.
The state will join dozens of others expanding eligibility for vaccination against COVID-19 to more Americans as the vaccine stockpile grows.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 6, all New York residents above the age of 16 will be able to receive vaccines, in line with President Joe Biden‘s goal of making every adult eligible for a shot by May 1.
Previously, only young and middle-age adults with pre-existing conditions, or who fell into certain essential worker categories in New York, were able to be vaccinated.
New York is lowering its coronavirus vaccine eligibility to adults aged 30 and older and will allow everyone aged 16 and older to be vaccinated staring April 6. Pictured: A man gets the Pfizer vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in New York City, March 26
About 30% of New Yorkers have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 17% are fully immunized
‘Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID’ Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference on Monday.
‘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.’
As of Monday, more than nine million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites in New York, with about 30 percent of residents receiving one dose and 17 percent being fully immunized.
In New York City, 27 percent of residents have had at least one dose and 15 percent have completed their series.
In the last 24 hours alone, more than 171,000 New Yorkers have received shots in arms.
New Yorkers are still discouraged from showing up to any vaccination sites without a confirmed appointment.
New York was among the last states to announce it make young adults without specific risk factors eligible.
A total of 10 states will expand eligibility to all adults this week – a step New York will take next Tuesday.
Six of those states – Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas – are lifting restrictions to open up vaccination to residents aged 16 and older by Monday.
Minnesota will remove restrictions on Tuesday, Indiana and South Carolina will follow on Wednesday and Connecticut will on Thursday.
As of Monday morning, 93.6 million Americans, or 28.2% of the population, have received at least one dose and 51.5 million, or 15.5% of the population, are fully immunized
An average of 2.7 million Americans are being vaccinated every day as the U.S. government ramps up its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to states
In total, 27 states have already opened or will open eligibility by April 15 and 48 states and the District of Columbia, have pledged to do so by May 1.
President Joe Biden is making plans to announced that 90 percent of all adults in the U.S. will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in three weeks, according to Bloomberg News.
What’s more, the administration will more than double the number of pharmacies where vaccines are available.
Currently, 93.6 million Americans, or 28.2 percent of the country, have received at least one dose, according to the CDC.
Meanwhile, 51.5 million, or 15.5 percent of the population, are fully immunized.
An average of 2.7 million people are being vaccinated every day, with 3.5 million doses administered on Saturday and 3.4 million on Friday.