According to a release of the statement, The Governor of New York, Mr. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Friday the expansion of “the state’s vaccination distribution network to help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine” to residents under groups 1A and 1B.
Thanks to this, essential workers and residents over the age of 75 can begin to make vaccination reservations at administration sites as early as next Monday, that is January 11.
Cuomo also mentioned that, “Over the past week, we have seen hospitals increase their vaccination rates and I thank them for their efforts, but it’s still not enough, so we’re going to accelerate the distribution.”
Thousands of new providers statewide will help vaccinate health care workers, essential workers and individuals 75 and older.
“The federal government controls the supply, so as we continue to receive more, New York will not only ensure doses are distributed in the most fair and socially equitable way possible, but that health care workers continue to be prioritized so our hospitals remain safe and staffed,” Cuomo added.
Group 1B is the largest group among all, it is comprised of 3.2 million New Yorkers, including 870,000 education workers, 207,000 first responders, 100,000 public safety workers, 100,000 public transit workers and 1.4 million people 75 and older, the release states. All of these people will now be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Prior to Cuomo’s announcement, only the 2.1 million New Yorkers in group 1A were eligible to receive the vaccine.