I have to tell you, I am not sure whether I will get the COVID-19 vaccine or not. I am a 54 year old resident of the Capital Region and I became eligible last week but I am still on the fence. While I weigh the pros and cons for me, it may be time for you to start considering what you will do as well.

According to the New York Post, all New Yorkers 30 and older will be eligible for a COVID vaccine by Tuesday and beginning Tuesday April 6th, all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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The New York Times reports that this is ahead of President Biden’s goal of making every adult eligible for a vaccine by May 1. Nearly 200,000 in the Capital Region have received a complete vaccine series (2 doses) with over 350,000 receiving at least the first dose so far.

Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID. Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity, particularly for communities of color who are too often left behind. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance, and follow all safety guidelines.

I do understand that there would be at least short-term benefits to the vaccine but what happens in 3 months? There isn't a COVID "season" like the Flu Season. This appears to be a year round virus with variants. Will we be getting doses of the vaccine every 3 months for the rest of time? As for now it's time for the 30 and older crowd followed by 16 and older next week.

If you are uncertain about your eligibility today you can use the Am I Eligible tool for answers.


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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.


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