Older New Yorkers Now Eligible for the Vaccine Without An Appointment

Senior citizens in New York State can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine without having to make an appointment. This will help more people get vaccinated, said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who lowered the age requirements to receive the vaccine over the past month.

“Thanks to our dedicated providers, we continue to surpass new milestones in our efforts to get every New Yorker vaccinated,” Governor Cuomo said. “Spring weather is here, but we cannot get cocky with COVID, so I urge everyone to get vaccinated and to continue practicing safety guidelines. Receiving a vaccine is easier than ever, with walk-in appointments available across the state. Nothing is standing in your way, so go get vaccinated.”

According to the state’s vaccine tracker, as of May 16, 9,940,875 New Yorkers received at least one dose. That accounts for 49.8% of the state’s population. Meanwhile, 8,295,963 residents, or 41.6% of all New Yorkers, completed the vaccine series. In Nassau County, 779,106 people got at least one dose and 649,435 completed the series. Suffolk County has 759,673 residents with at least one dose and 620,477 finished the series.

Now that walk-in appointments to get the shot are available, it is recommended that seniors who did not get the chance to be vaccinated get the vaccine as early as possible.

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