NEW YORK (UKTN) – Starting next week, all adults in New York City will be eligible for a COVID vaccine.
As UKTN’s Andrea Grymes reports, Sam Lee, 26, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, wasn’t planning to get the shot so soon, but now she can.
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“I would be interested because my best friend’s wedding is approaching in Texas and she wants everyone to be vaccinated,” Lee said.
#RUPTURE: Starting Tuesday, April 6 at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers aged 16 and over will be able to schedule and receive COVID-19 vaccines.
And starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers aged 30 and over will be able to schedule and receive vaccines.
Let’s go #VaccinateNY
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 29, 2021
In a press release Monday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced:
- All New Yorkers aged 30 and over can get the COVID vaccine starting Tuesday, March 30
- All New Yorkers aged 16 and over can get the vaccine starting Wednesday, April 6
- Cuomo says this ensures universal eligibility in New York City nearly a month earlier than President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline
“We are ready to do more. It’s all about procurement, procurement, procurement, ”said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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On Monday morning, ahead of Cuomo’s announcement, de Blasio touted the city’s best immunization week yet and said he had yet to hear a schedule from the state on when all adults would be eligible.
“I think President Biden is right. I think May 1st is a good time to do this, so that we can really focus as much energy as we can on the people and greatest needs, the elderly, people with pre-existing conditions throughout the month. April, ”said the mayor.
After the announcement, City Hall said in a statement, “Mayor de Blasio has called for the freedom to vaccinate more New Yorkers for months and months, so this is good news.”
Cuomo urged patience while waiting for a date, saying the state needs many more vaccines from the federal government.
City Council Chairman Corey Johnson urged all eligible to register.
“The faster we get people vaccinated, the quicker we’ll get back to normal, that people can get together, eat inside, spend time with family members,” Johnson said.
Cuomo called it “a monumental milestone in the fight against COVID.”
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Statewide, about 30% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose to date, the governor said.