BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Starting Thursday, all eligible New Yorkers can walk into a clinic and get a vaccine without having to make an appointment first. Most people can go to any site, but those who are 16 or 17 years old can only go to clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement while in Binghamton Tuesday, saying this will apply to all state-run mass vaccination sites. Other local sites also have the option to open some or all sites to walk-ins.
Beginning Thursday, April 29, all State-operated Mass Vaccination Sites will accept walk-in appointments for anyone age 16 and up.
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— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 27, 2021
"The more New Yorkers who get vaccinated, the faster we will defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild a new and better state and economy for everyone," said Cuomo. "That's why it's critical for us to make the vaccine as accessible as possible and provide more opportunities for New Yorkers to get vaccinated. This new accommodation means any eligible adult will be able to walk into any mass vaccination site and walk out with a shot in arm, eliminating the need to make an appointment online or by phone. We'll continue to work 24/7 to get the vaccine to communities across the state so everyone can benefit."
Nearly 45% percent of New York residents have at least one vaccine shot so far, and just over 31% are fully vaccinated.
Cuomo says less people are making appointments, even though they are widely available. He says this is due in part to what’s been coined “vaccine hesitancy,” which the World Health Organization defines as “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines.” The WHO says this stems from inconvenience in accessing vaccines and a lack of confidence in their effectiveness.
“We’re all part of a community and we’re all part of a society, and your actions affect me, and my actions affect you,” said Cuomo. “Sometimes it’s not just about me, it’s about we, and what’s in our joint collective best interest.”
Below is the vaccination breakdown in the Mohawk Valley based on data from the state health department:
- 75,305 People with completed vaccine series
- 94,707 People with at least one vaccine dose
- 41.3% of Population with at least one vaccine dose
- 229,577 total county population
- 17,877 people with completed vaccine series
- 22,764 people with at least one vaccine dose
- 36.8% of population with at least one vaccine dose
- 61,833 total county population
- 20,551 people with completed vaccine series
- 26,551 people with at least one vaccine dose
- 44.4% of population with at least one vaccine dose
- 59,749 total county population
Local clinics are located at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Oneonta, MVHS, drugstore pharmacies as well as several across Oneida County, which are listed at ocgov.net.