New York to Open Vaccine Sites to Walk-Ins on Thursday to Drive Demand

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state will open all state-run mass vaccination sites to walk-ins on Thursday, removing the barrier to make an appointment ahead of time for adults age 16 and over.

Cuomo said the change comes as demand for the vaccine has dropped. “We were doing 175,000 vaccines statewide every 24 hours, that number is down to about 115,000 vaccines every 24 hours,” he said during a briefing Tuesday.

Nearly 46% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with the U.S. average of 42.5%, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.

Cuomo said New York will adopt new guidance outlined Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said Americans can now go unmasked outdoors. Cuomo called the new mask guidance “liberating” but warned that Covid cases remain elevated in New York. “I don’t want New Yorkers to get the wrong idea,” he said. “Covid is still dangerous.”

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