What to Know
- During a news conference at a mass vaccination site in Yonkers on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the importance to continue vaccinations.
- New Yorkers 60 years of age and older can get vaccinated at more than a dozen state-run mass vaccination sites without the need for an appointment starting Friday, April 23.
- "The only way to address and defeat COVID and crush COVID is to get the vaccination. We have to reach herd immunity," Cuomo said.
During a news conference at a mass vaccination site in Yonkers on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the importance to continue vaccinations -- ultimately announcing that New Yorkers 60 years of age and older can get vaccinated at more than a dozen state-run mass vaccination sites without the need for an appointment.
"The COVID numbers show that we are making progress. The COVID numbers show that we are heading in the right direction," Cuomo said, adding that Tuesday's percentage of coronavirus cases in the state was its lowest since November, although one shouldn't let their guard down.
Most New Yorkers are still not protected against COVID via vaccination. As of Wednesday, 42.1% of the population has had at least one dose, while 28.8% is fully vaccinated, the latest state data shows.
"The only way to address and defeat COVID and crush COVID is to get the vaccination. We have to reach herd immunity," he said, stressing that those 60 years and older can get vaccinated without prior appointments at 16 walk-in vaccination sites across the state starting Friday, April 23. The sites are:
- Kodak-Hawkeye Parking Lot (1345 St. Paul St., Rochester, New York)
- New York State Fair Site (581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York)
- Washington Ave. Armory (195 Washington Ave., Albany, New York)
- Crossgate Mall, Former Lord & Taylor Lower Level (1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, New York)
- Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood (Suffolk Federal Credit Union Arena, 1001 Crooked Hill, Brentwood, New York)
- Aqueduct Race Track - Racing Hall (110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, New York)
- New York National Guard Armory (2 Quincy Place, Yonkers, New York)
- SUNY Old Westbury (Clark Center - Gate C, Store Hill Road and Cherry Road, Old Westbury, New York)
- Medgar Evers College - Carroll Building (231 Crown St., Brooklyn, New York)
- York College (160-2 Liberty Ave., Jamaica, Queens, New York)
- Javits Center (429 11th Ave., Manhattan, New York)
- Yankee Stadium (1 E 161 St., The Bronx, New York)
- SUNY Binghamton (10 Gannett Drive, Johnson City, New York)
- Delavan Grider Community Center (877 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo, New York)
- Rochester Dome Arena (2695 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York)
- SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Wildcat Field House, 880 Wildcat Drive, Utica, New York)
"Every day our state moves closer to a post-pandemic future by vaccinating more New Yorkers, and we're building on that momentum by making it easier for our residents to get vaccinated, expanding eligibility and opening new vaccination sites across the state," Cuomo said. "We're taking that effort a step further and making the vaccine more accessible to older New Yorkers by allowing walk-ins to get vaccinated at 16 mass vaccination sites. A robust vaccination program is vitally important to the public health, and we're working 24/7 to get shots in arms, protect New Yorkers and move the state forward."
According to state officials, New York will set aside a vaccines for this expanded vaccination access. There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. Additionally, all proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed.