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Even more New Yorkers will be eligible for vaccine beginning February 15

Next week New Yorkers with pre-existing conditions that make them more likely to contract a serious case of COVID-19 will be eligible to get the vaccine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news during a press conference on Friday. It comes as frustration grows in rural communities across Upstate New York, where vaccine rollout has been challenged by lack of available doses, access issues connected to signing-up, and a general lack of succinct information related to getting vaccinated.

The expansion of what’s considered 1B in New York’s rollout plan will include a number of conditions, like cancer survivors, those with chronic kidney disease, pulmonary diseases, intellectual and developmental disabilities, heart conditions, and others. The exact list is expected to be updated in the coming days.

DeRosa said that the list is subject to change.