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Those 16-and-older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in New York

Those who are 16 and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The change in New York is the final restriction lift, which allows any adult to get vaccinated.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement last week that teens would be included on this date.


Experts say that the boost comes at a good time. Infection rates has been increasing among teens and 20-somethings.

Those who are 16- or 17-years-old will will need parents permission to register, but aside from that will go through the same process adults have.

“Vaccinating the whole population will help keep the old population safe as well. So teenagers out there, they want to live their lives, they want to be with friends, and getting them vaccinated is a huge part in that step forward to getting back to regular teenager life,” Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Elizabeth Murray told News10NBC. “Even if teenagers and kids don’t necessarily get as sick certainly the potential exists to get sick and that not a great risk to take when it comes to your child’s health, but then the other issue is that anytime we have the disease transmitted to another person we risk the development of additional variants or mutations within the germ.”



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