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New York expands vaccine eligibility to align with CDC, but there’s still not enough available

On Tuesday there was another major change to vaccine rollout in New York, which was ultimately guided by CDC recommendations.

“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. They suggest we open it up to 65-plus and immunocompromised and they don’t define immunocompromised,” Cuomo said. “Immunocompromised is a category that can be defined a number of ways Obviously it’s people with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, heart conditions, obesity can be considered immunocompromised, pregnancy, sickle cell, smoking can classify a person as immunocompromised, type 2 diabetes is immunocompromised, asthma, so that has to be defined.”

The criteria in New York had been those who were 75-plus. It now greatly expands who is elgible under Phase 1B.

“I don’t want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times,” Cuomo said. “And I don’t want people to think that people in any other state are eligible when they’re not. But, the dose of reality is great. Now we have 7 million people eligible, and we still have a drip, drip, drip from the faucet of federal dosage availability at 300,000.”