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More Than 250,000 Vaccine Appointments Booked in New York



There were 250,924 vaccine appointments made over the course of the first day millions of New Yorkers were newly eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Tuesday said.

The scheduling total is a record for the state since vaccinations began in New York in December and came as people with a range of underlying health conditions became eligible.

All told, more than 1.6 million screenings on the state’s “Am I Eligible” website were conducted on Sunday.

Meanwhile, mass vaccination sites administered by the state are booked through April 16. There are exceptions: The state fairgrounds is booked through March 16, SUNY Potsdam through Aprl 1, the Rochester Dome through April 4 and SUNY Stony Brook through April 13.

“We’re working hard to expand eligibility, make it easier for New Yorkers to get appointments and get shots in arms throughout the state, and the system is working,” Cuomo said.

“250,000 appointments in a single day is a milestone, and we can do more—we just need more vaccine supply. We’re seeing the system work—more New Yorkers are finding out if they’re eligible, making appointments and getting vaccinated. But we need more supply from the federal government to push our vaccination effort into overdrive.”