Starting Tuesday, New Yorkers Age 50+ Will Be Eligible For COVID Vaccines


Starting on Tuesday at 8 a.m., New Yorkers older than 50 shall be eligible to make appointments to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York on Monday morning. The occasion on the traditionally Black church featured Westchester county public officers, clergy members, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who appeared over videoconference.

“We nonetheless haven’t reached equity and fairness within the variety of vaccines,” Cuomo informed the viewers. Whereas white individuals make up 70% of New York’s grownup inhabitants, white individuals have obtained 77% of the 7.6 million COVID-19 vaccines administered within the state as of Monday morning. Statewide, Black New Yorkers make up 17.3% of the inhabitants, however have obtained simply 9.9% of these vaccine doses; 11.9% have been administered to Hispanic or Latino New Yorkers, who characterize 18% of the state’s inhabitants. That stated, disparities have narrowed amongst metropolis residents by just a few proportion factors for the reason that de Blasio administration launched its first knowledge on January thirty first.

New York has been ramping up vaccine eligibility in current days as federal officers promised to produce the state with 1.65 million doses every week by the top of April, a 33% enhance over the present provide. 80% of the state’s adults are presently eligible to obtain a shot.

Cuomo was ostensibly at Grace Baptist Church to announce a marketing campaign to make use of homes of worship as vaccine facilities. “Use your belief, use your relationship, to get previous this hesitancy, et cetera,” Cuomo stated.

The governor has surrounded himself in current days with Black leaders who’ve defended him, whereas many Democrats in Albany are calling for his resignation. Cuomo faces federal and state investigations into quite a few allegations of sexual misconduct and his dealing with of nursing house sufferers throughout the top of the pandemic.

Reporters had been barred from attending Monday’s occasion in Mount Vernon, so the governor didn’t take questions on why sure teams of New Yorkers—retail staff or building staff to call just a few—are nonetheless excluded from vaccine eligibility. It was the newest in a string of televised appearances that lacked questions from the press. The governor additionally didn’t tackle the newest allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to him from a present member of his employees.

“Let me say this to the governor…that we’ll always remember that within the later a part of final yr, when individuals had been trying on the racial inequity of how COVD-19 was impacting the nation and the state you stepped up and raised that situation first and made it a nationwide situation,” Sharpton stated. “And due to this fact we’ll all the time do not forget that you had the braveness to face up.”