Most adults in New York state will be able to access the coronavirus vaccine next week, when those aged 30 and over will be able to get their shotgun quickly on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Universal eligibility for those aged 16 and over will take effect on April 6, which is a remarkable step in state vaccination efforts. The nomination will open for the 30-year-old at 8am on Tuesday, just a week after the state opened a vaccination qualification for those over 50.
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get to the point where it is even more important for every New Yorker to wear a mask, a public distance and follow all safety guidelines,” Cuomo said in a statement Monday. .
More than 9 million doses of vaccine have been used nationwide since Monday, more than 16 percent of government officials have been fully vaccinated.
The government has urged residents to refrain from appearing at polling stations without pre-appointment, reminding people that demand will exceed current levels.
Cuomo reiterated that the state will work to ensure equity in its distribution system, as details of racial and ethnic vaccinations have shown colored communities with low immunization rates across the country.
“As we continue to increase eligibility, New York will double on making the vaccine accessible to the general public to ensure equity, especially for black communities that are often left behind,” Cuomo said.
The move comes amid a host of scandals surrounding Cuomo – allegations of sexual abuse of women and allegations of elder abuse at the start of the epidemic – which has led to a close investigation by state officials.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, has accused Cuomo of making coronavirus policy decisions based on “political needs” in response to scandals.
The state timeline announced by the state comes on the same day that President Joe Biden announced that 90 percent of the country’s adults will be vaccinated on April 19, with vaccinations five kilometers from their home.
“As soon as we continue, there is still a long way to go to end this vaccine effort,” Biden said in a statement on Monday. “We are about to reach the middle ground … the progress we are making is an important testament to what we can do if we work together as Americans. We still need everyone to do their part.”