TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that starting on March 23, all New Yorkers over the age of 50 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as the effort to expand access to the vaccine, hopefully bringing an end to the ongoing pandemic, continues forward.

Cuomo’s announcement is another step towards declaring all adults eligible for the vaccine, something President Joe Biden has publicly pushed each state to do before May 1. Currently, all New Yorkers above the age of 60 are eligible to receive the vaccine, as well as those in certain professions and those with health conditions that make them more susceptible to serious impacts of the coronavirus.

Local people are still more likely to have better luck at state-run vaccination sites in Syracuse or Binghamton (the latter of which the county is offering free rides to in conjunction with OurBus), as slow vaccine supply deliveries have limited the ability of the Tompkins County Health Department to open up its eligibility requirements as quickly as the state has.

Appointments can be made at state-run sites here: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

Those interested in signing up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Registry who are eligible for a vaccine can sign up and be notified when appointments become available for them to receive their dose.

Additionally, pharmacies (like Kinney Drugs locally) are now able to vaccinate anyone over 16 with a comorbidity, as well as anyone over 60 years old and all teachers.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com