Governor Cuomo Announces All New York State Mass Vaccination Sites Will Be Open to Walk-In Appointments For All Eligible Adults Beginning April 29
All Vaccine Providers Are Encouraged Likewise to Allow Walk-in Appointments for Eligible New Yorkers
Walk-in Appointments Are for First Doses Only
Mass Vaccination Site at 10 Gannett Drive in Johnson City Will Move Inside Building at Same Address, Allowing for Increased Capacity/Less Impact Due to Weather
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today 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 serve 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 and for eligible New Yorkers.
The Governor also announced the mass vaccination site located at 10 Gannett Drive in Johnson City will move inside the building at the same address. The move will allow for increased capacity and will be less impacted by any adverse weather conditions.
“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,” Governor 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 State’s ongoing efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible. On April 23, Governor Cuomo announced five new pop-up vaccination sites that will take walk-in appointments for New York City bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers. The sites, which will be located in all five boroughs, will each receive a total of 400 doses for the duration of their existence, including doses set aside for the workers.
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 that beginning Friday, April 23, 16 mass vaccination sites will 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.