New York expands immunization rights for detainees

ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New Yorkers 30 and older would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday, March 30th.

Beth Garvey, acting attorney for the governor, released a statement Monday night that New York is also extending immunization eligibility to all detainees. This includes individuals in both state and local institutions.

That announcement came after a report in the New York Times. According to the report, a New York Supreme Court judge in the Bronx ruled that New York State must allow all detainees access to COVID-19 vaccines.

You can read Garvey’s full statement below:

“The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Oversight began vaccinating staff and detainees on February 5th. More than 19,246 vaccinations had been administered as of March 27. Tomorrow the state will extend eligibility to New Yorkers 30 and older We will extend eligibility to all detainees, whether in state or local facilities. Our goal was to implement a fair and equitable vaccination program, and these changes will help ensure that it continues to do so. “

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