ALBANIA, NEW YORK (AP) – New Yorkers over the age of 30 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, and anyone over the age of 16 and 16 will be eligible, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The judge’s decision expanded the jurisdiction of the pool even further during the day, with a ruling that the state was immediately forced to offer vaccinations to its incarcerated population.
Vaccine eligibility used to be restricted to people over the age of 50, people with certain occupational categories, and people with health conditions who were at risk for a serious illness if they became infected with the coronavirus. Of the more than 15 million New Yorkers over the age of 16, 12.2 million were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine last week.
People over the age of 30 can book appointments at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“Today we are taking a monumental step in the fight against COVID,” the Democratic governor said in a statement, adding that the new schedule was “much earlier than the May 1 deadline set by the White House.”
In the legal ruling, state Supreme Court Justice Alison Tweet tweeted in the Bronx that New York inmates were not included in earlier jurisdictions, even those with other status as groups.
Tutin said the state’s decision not to allow inmates to receive the vaccine was “certainly arbitrary and capricious.”
He called it an “unjust-unfair decision” that “was not based on law or fact; it was an abuse of discretion.”
An email was sent to the governor’s office seeking comment.
Cuomo’s new rule comes as New York continues to encounter COVID-19 new infections at the highest levels of hospitalization in the nation. Infectious disease specialists point out that the rise of more contagious variants ացումը easing restrictions on COVID-19 may stimulate the spread of the virus, particularly in New York և New Jersey.
Nearly three out of 10 New Yorkers have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, according to the national average, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And 15.2% of 19 million New Yorkers are completely vaccinated. This is the 39th lowest level in the country, according to the Associated Press.
Local officials have been urging the governor for weeks to ease restrictions on those who may be vaccinated to speed up vaccinations. The governor noted that low stocks of vaccines prevented the distribution of vaccines in early New York, but in recent weeks he eased eligibility restrictions as supplies increased.
New York received an average of about 790,000 first installments from the federal government each week in March, according to the state, compared to an average of 350,000 in February.