COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now open at 10 new state-run mass immunization sites, which officially open later this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday — as more New Yorkers became eligible for the shots.
All 10 sites – which include one in the Bronx, three on Long Island and two in the Hudson Valley – open on Friday and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The new Bronx site is located at the Bay Eden Senior Center.
“We have a wide network of COVID vaccination sites and the state is moving full steam ahead opening even more,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Eligible New Yorkers can schedule appointments by visiting am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or by calling the state’s COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Meanwhile, coronavirus vaccination eligibility opened up Wednesday in New York to “public-facing” government and public employees, nonprofit workers and essential building service workers.
That category includes public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, DMV workers, county clerks, building service workers and election workers.
“This is important. We fought for this. We’re finally getting it. And it’s going to help us reach people who serve us and do so much for us,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday during a City Hall press briefing about the expanded eligibility.
“But again, we could do so much more if we had more freedom to vaccinate, and if we had more supply,” the mayor said. “Everything comes down to supply and we’re going to keep fighting to get the supply we need and we deserve.”
To date, more than 4.5 million people in the state has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to state data.