New York Times
New York announced on Monday that it will make all adult residents eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine by April 6, a symbolic shift in the state’s recovery from a deadly pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of residents and crippled the state’s economy.
Yet the expansion will significantly test the state’s health apparatus, which will face a flood of newly eligible residents seeking coveted appointments while the vaccine supply just matches demand.
The race to vaccinate New Yorkers comes at a critical time during the pandemic: The state is recording new cases of the virus at one of the highest rates in the country, with several more contagious variants of the virus continuing to spread.
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance and follow all safety guidelines,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement on Monday.
The expanded vaccination program puts New York on track to beat President Biden’s goal of making every adult in the country eligible for a vaccine by May 1. Before Monday, it was one of only a few states that had not yet set a timeline to do so.
New York will first allow residents who are 30 and older to begin receiving vaccinations on Tuesday. It will then expand to all those 16 and older on April 6. The expansion comes one year after the worst period of the initial coronavirus outbreak in New York State.