New Yorkers Over 50 Now Eligible for Coronavirus Vaccine

NEW YORK -
A state-run mass vaccination site at the Bay Eden Senior Center in the Bronx. (Don Pollard/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

All New York residents age 50 and above will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

“Tomorrow morning, 50 and above, make your appointment and get your vaccine,” Cuomo said, expressing optimism that the worst of the pandemic is over for the state.

“We are now in a new season,” he said. “We are in the season of the spring, and the spring says it’s a time for renewal, rebirth and you can feel it in the air.”

On Sunday, the governor announced New Yorkers with preexisting conditions would be eligible for the vaccine at pharmacies, making the vaccine more accessible within many more neighborhoods.

In order to show eligibility, a person should show a doctor’s letter, signed certificate, or official medical information. People can register online or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

“We continue to kick vaccinations into overdrive throughout the state by expanding eligibility, establishing new vaccination sites and allowing providers to reach new populations. 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,” he said. “New York’s distribution network is at the ready to handle an expected increase in supply, 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.”

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Updated Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:14 pm .

Updated Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm .