According to officials in Albany, around 7 million more New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine, but it could take months before they actually get the first round of shots.
During his State of the State address on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a new portion of phase 1B that included new guidelines from the CDC.
According to these guidelines, anyone over 65 and anyone who is immunocompromised is now eligible.
“The CDC made another change in vaccine policy,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Seems change is constant and to tell you the truth, I’m looking forward to the new administration because the federal policy is making things extraordinarily difficult. The CDC just announced that states should open up vaccines to 65-plus. This is another major change in a very short period of time. It’s not just 65-plus, it’s 65-plus and immunocompromised and they don’t define immunocompromised.”