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All vaccine providers are encouraged likewise to allow walk-in appointments
Walk-in appointments are for first doses only
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that, beginning Thursday, April 29, all New York state mass-vaccination sites will be open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-served basis for all.
The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.
Additionally, all vaccine providers are encouraged to likewise allow walk-in appointments.
"The more New Yorkers who get vaccinated, the faster we will defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild a new and better state and economy for everyone," Cuomo said. "That's why it's critical for us to make the vaccine as accessible as possible and provide more opportunities for New Yorkers to get vaccinated. This new accommodation means any eligible adult will be able to walk into any mass-vaccination site and walk out with a shot in arm, eliminating the need to make an appointment online or by phone. We'll continue to work 24/7 to get the vaccine to communities across the state so everyone can benefit."
This announcement adds to New York's ongoing efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, "As final exams approach and many students prepare to move home for the summer, we are thankful that New York state is expanding vaccination options for students, making it easy for them to get fully vaccinated – no matter what logistical, geographic or scheduling hurdles stand in their way. Beginning Thursday, New Yorkers 16 and up can walk-in with no appointment at any state-run mass-vaccination site – a policy shift that will go a long way in getting our students protected from this virus and restoring normalcy this fall."
On April 21, the governor announced 16 mass-vaccination sites would accept walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older.
There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. Additionally, all proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed.