Caribbean New Yorkers 16 years and older eligible for vaccination

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, March 29, announced that as of April 6, New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Which means, Caribbean nationals throughout the borough will also qualify for this phase of inoculation.

In a recent release, Cuomo said, “We continue to kick vaccinations into overdrive throughout the state by expanding eligibility, establishing new vaccination sites and opening up eligibility to providers to reach new populations.”

“New York’s distribution network is ready to handle an expected increase in supply, and we’re excited to expand eligibility even further as we move to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, limited supply from the federal government means that New Yorkers should remain patient.”

“If you are among those who become eligible tomorrow, check New York State’s Am I Eligible website to find an appointment (if available) at a state-run vaccination site near you, or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. VaccineFinder, a website affiliated with the CDC and Boston Children’s Hospital, can also help eligible New Yorkers find vaccination locations,” he stated.

According to stats released by the Governor’s office, “COVID hospitalizations dropped to 4,470. Of the 152,328 tests reported yesterday, 6,361, or 4.18 percent, were positive. The seven-day average percent positivity is 3.29 percent. There were 885 patients in ICU yesterday, down five from the previous day. Of them, 576 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 46 New Yorkers to the virus.”

As of 11 am on March 22, 26.1 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 103,425 total doses have been administered.

To date, New York administered 7,737,230 total doses with 13.4 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. Data by region and county can be found on the State’s Vaccine Tracker:, according to the Governor’s release.

The “Roll Up Your Sleeve” campaign to encourage houses of worship of all faiths to sign up as vaccination sites.Religious leaders of all faiths are trusted voices in their communities and can help New York counter vaccine hesitancy and get the vaccine to harder-to-reach communities in a fair and equitable way.

New York State is calling on medical providers to volunteer to partner with houses of worship to conduct vaccination clinics. Medical professionals and houses of worship that are interested in being involved can learn more and sign up at

The release said that pharmacies, could vaccinate New Yorkers with qualifying health conditions. Previously, pharmacies were exclusively vaccinating New Yorkers age 60+ and seniors. If you are eligible for the vaccine due to an underlying health condition or comorbidity, contact your local pharmacy or check the VaccineFinder website to see if there are available vaccine appointments at a pharmacy near you, according to the release.

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