Cuomo Expands Vaccine Eligibility to New Yorkers 50 Years and Up

New Yorkers 50 years and older will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The governor announced the expanded eligibility on Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, just north of the Bronx, where a pop-up vaccination site will open. Since Jan. 15, more than 160 such sites have administered more than 62,000 first doses, according to Cuomo’s office.

New York joins more than a dozen other U.S. states expanding eligibility to help meet President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline for all adults to be vaccinated. On March 10, Cuomo expanded eligibility to people 60 and over, or 12 million New Yorkers.

Cuomo got his Covid-19 vaccination on March 17 at a Baptist church in Harlem. All houses of worship in the state can serve as points of distribution for the vaccine starting in April, the governor said Monday.

In recent announcements, Cuomo has surrounded himself with Black leaders who have heaped praise on the embattled governor for bringing vaccines to their communities. The third-term Democrat, 63, faces calls to resign and multiple investigations amid accusations of sexual harassment and questions about his handling of Covid-19 deaths of nursing-home residents.

Cuomo was joined remotely for his announcement by his “good friend” the Reverend Al Sharpton, who got his second dose Monday at Harlem Hospital.

“We will never forget that in the later part of last year when people were looking at the racial inequity of how Covid-19 was impacting, the country and the state, you stepped up and raised that issue first and made it a national issue,” Sharpton said. “And therefore we will always remember that you had the courage to stand up.”

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