JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Beginning Thursday, April 29, New Yorkers age 16 and up will no longer need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at state mass vaccination sites.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday during a press event in Johnson City.
The governor says that the state will also allow local health departments that operate county vaccine sites to allow walk-ins beginning Thursday.
"This is our way of saying, if you were intimidated by the process of trying to make an appointment, that's gone. No appointment needed. Come in and get a vaccine," said Cuomo.
Second-doses will be scheduled.
So far, about 44% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the governor.
The Erie County Department of Health says those 16 years of age and above can walk-in to any county-run clinic, but they still encourage appointments if possible.