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At risk New Yorkers may receive COVID-19 vaccine in January

Dec 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Edward McKinley reports in the Times Union that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Dec. 16 that vaccinating some members of the general public against COVID-19 will begin by late January. On Dec. 14, the first healthcare worker in the state got the vaccine, and nursing home residents and staff are also set to begin receiving the vaccine very soon. After that essential workers and members of the general public with preexisting health conditions at risk for coronavirus will get the vaccine. So far New York has received about 87,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer, with 80,000 more coming this week. When the Moderna vaccine receives emergency use authorization from the federal Food and Drug Administration, New York should get 346,000 doses. More good news: New Yorkers will not be charged. “In New York state, no person will have to pay a penny for vaccination.” Cuomo said. "We want people to be vaccinated. It shouldn’t be about wealth. No one will pay a penny.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.