March 9, 2021 By Allie Griffin
New Yorkers as young as 60 will be eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.
Cuomo lowered the current vaccine-eligibility age — which is 65 in the state — by five years. He also expanded eligibility to additional categories of essential workers, who will be able to receive the vaccine in about a week.
Those 60 and older will be able to make appointments–and get the vaccine–starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, he said.
Meanwhile, public-facing government workers, nonprofit workers and essential building services workers will be able to receive the COVID-19 shot beginning March 17, Cuomo announced.
The three categories include people such as public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, DMV workers, County Clerks, building service workers and election workers.
Cuomo said he has been able to expand eligibility since the supply of the vaccine has increased.
“Supply is steadily increasing and we’re opening new vaccination sites and expanding eligibility to match it,” he said in a statement.
“New Yorkers over 60 years old and those who serve their fellow New Yorkers in the public sector are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and we’re addressing that vulnerability by providing access to the vaccine.”
To make an appointment go to https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/ or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692