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New York expanding vaccine eligibility for incarcerated individuals

New York is expanding the vaccine eligibility to include all incarcerated individuals.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New Yorkers ages 30-years-old and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday, March 30. 

Beth Garvey, acting counsel to the governor, released a statement Monday evening saying New York is also expanding the vaccine eligibility to include all incarcerated individuals. This includes individuals at both state and local facilities. 

This announcement was made following a report by the New York Times. According to the report, a New York Supreme Court judge in the Bronx ruled that New York State must provide access to COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated individuals.

You can read Garvey's full statement below:

"The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision began vaccinating staff and incarcerated individuals on February 5, and as of March 27, more than 19,246 vaccinations have been administered. Tomorrow the State will expand eligibility to include New Yorkers age 30 and older for the general population, and we will expand eligibility to include all incarcerated individuals whether in state or local facilities. Our goal all along has been to implement a vaccination program that is fair and equitable, and these changes will help ensure that continues to happen."