SYRACUSE, N.Y. (UPDATED) -- New York will allow all people age 60 or older to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday, and public-facing essential workers starting next week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement from the New York State Fairgrounds vaccination site in Syracuse on Tuesday. He said those 60 and older can start making appointments 8 a.m. Wednesday.
"Supply is steadily increasing and we're opening new vaccination sites and expanding eligibility to match it. 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," he said.
Starting March 17, eligibility will be expanded to other essential workers, including:
- Public-facing government and public employees
- Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
- Essential in-person public-facing building service workers
According to Cuomo, these categories would include workers like public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, DMV workers, county clerks, building service workers and election workers.
Public-facing gov't employees, nonprofit workers & essential building service workers are eligible for the vaccine beginning March 17.
All sites can vaccinate anyone who is eligible—except pharmacies which will be reserved to vaccinate 60+ & teachers.https://t.co/SqtxtKYQJ4
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 9, 2021
In addition, all vaccination sites other than pharmacies can starting giving shots to anyone who qualifies to get one, beginning March 17.
Pharmacies should still be prioritizing the older populations and teachers.
For more information on how to make vaccine appointments locally, click here.