People age 30 and older can get COVID vaccine, 16 year olds eligible next week

Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - All New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday.

Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

The announcement was made by Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday.

Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites in New York.

While the state is opening up access, there are still far fewer available doses then people eligible to get them.

But Jefferson County Legislature chair Scott Gray says that won’t be an issue. He says he believes the supply from the state will increase now that a larger population is available.

And he says this puts Jefferson County way ahead of schedule.

“If we were done by the end of the third, fourth quarter - you know, considering the number of people that we had to do, we would be doing well. We are further ahead than we ever anticipated at this point right now,” said Gray.

“We know that manufacturing of all of the brands of vaccines has increased. It’s certainly logical to expect that our supply locally is going to continue to go up as it has over the last month,” said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche.

Even though there is optimism , Piche did point out that Lewis County still doesn’t have enough vaccines each week for everyone that wants a shot. But he says they are getting closer.

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