Minimum age reduced to 50 for COVID-19 shot

WWNY Minimum age reduced to 50 for COVID-19 shot

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Starting Tuesday, people in New York only have to be at least 50 years old to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Monday while visiting Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., where a vaccination clinic will get underway Tuesday.

“The vaccine will be available for people 50 years old and above, so we are dropping the age as we’re vaccinating more people,” the governor said.

The previous minimum age was 60. It was reduced from 65 about two weeks ago.

“Tomorrow morning, 50 and above, make your appointment and get your vaccine,” he announced.

The governor also announced what he’s calling the “Roll Up Your Sleeve” campaign. Houses of worship are encouraged to become vaccination sites by teaming up with local health care operators.

He said the state will provide the vaccines for these sites.

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