Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that starting today New York residents who are 60 years old or older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The vaccine was previously available for those 65 and up and essential workers, which included medical workers, first responders, teachers, public safety employees, and grocery staff.

Additionally, beginning March 17, public-facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities can receive the vaccine.

This includes workers such as public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, DMV workers, County Clerks, building service workers, and election workers. 

The current vaccines available are the Moderna COVID vaccine, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID vaccine

As the vaccine supply increases, Cuomo said new vaccination sites will be opened and further eligibility expanded. 

“New York is marching forward expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine, addressing underserved communities and getting shots in arms as we turn the tide in the fight against this virus,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers over 60 years old and those who serve their fellow New Yorkers in the public sector are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and we’re addressing that vulnerability by providing access to the vaccine.”

“The fight against the COVID beast continues on all fronts, and we’re pushing the infection rate down while getting our vaccinations up.”

To check your eligibility for the vaccine, click here

Check out below GreaterLongIsland’s previous coverage of where you can get vaccinated on the island. 

Top: COVID-19 vaccine, photo courtesy of Unsplash.