By Carol Tannenhauser
People age 65 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday.
NEW: New Yorkers age 65+ are now eligible for the COVID vaccine — effective immediately.
Check your eligibility and find vaccination locations near you.
I urge patience as unfortunately there are far more eligible NYers than there is vaccine supply from the federal gov.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 12, 2021
This is a head-spinning move coming so quickly after the Governor opened up eligibility for people 75+ on Monday.
It follows new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are going to accept the federal guidance,” Cuomo said, according to CNBC. “I don’t want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times….” But he also cautioned that Federal distribution levels of the vaccine are not currently meeting the state’s needs.
This may change. The federal government announced that it “will also no longer hold back vaccine doses to ensure that those who receive a first dose will have a second dose in reserve,” wrote The New York Times. “Instead, all existing doses will be sent to states to provide initial inoculations. Second doses are to be provided by new waves of manufacturing…That change comes just days after aides to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said his administration would make a similar adjustment by using more of the already procured vaccines for initial doses.”
Younger people who are immunocompromised may also be eligible for the vaccine, CNBC said. The state provided this link to see if you are eligible, find a location, and make an appointment.
This is a breaking story. We will update as more is known.