NY to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those over 30

Karen O’Connor, left, an ICU nurse from Chazy, becomes the first person in the North Country region to be vaccinated on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Administering the vaccine is CVPH Nursing Director Carly Haag, right. (Provided photo — Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital)

ALBANY (AP) — New York state residents over 30 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, March 30, and everyone over 16 will be eligible starting April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, March 29.

Vaccine eligibility had previously been restricted to people over 50, people in certain job categories and those with health conditions that put them at risk for serious illness if they were to become infected with the coronavirus.

“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID,” the Democratic governor said in a news release, adding that the new timetable was “well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House.”

Cuomo said that more than 9 million vaccine doses have been administered statewide since the vaccination effort began in December.