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County leaders glad to see COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to younger people

Max Schulte
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents age 30 and older on Tuesday and to residents age 16 and older by April 6.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, and Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza, released a joint statement supporting the state changes, noting that the expansion is "a significant step in our efforts to expedite vaccination of as many people in our community as possible."

They also said that the surge in new COVID-19 cases over the past few days has been within these newly eligible populations, and they hope that expanding vaccine eligibility to them will help slow community spread.

They also encouraged the community to continue exercising safety precautions, including wearing a face covering in public, maintaining a safe distance from others, and practicing good hand hygiene.

All vaccine eligible residents should visit or for available vaccine appointments.