UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — People across the Upper East Side are signing up to get the coronavirus vaccine — especially after Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week expanded the pool of residents eligible to receive it.
Health care workers and New Yorkers aged 65 and older are among the groups that can now schedule vaccine appointments. Officials have warned that slots are filling up quickly due to high demand.
As of Wednesday, these were the three vaccination sites open on the Upper East Side, according to the city's map:
Lenox Hill Hospital – Einhorn Auditorium: 131 East 76th St.
AdvantageCare Physicians - Upper East Side Medical Office: 215 East 95th St.
NYC Health + Hospitals, Metropolitan: 1901 1st Ave., 4A
All three sites are low or no cost. When the week began, 160 city-sponsored sites were open across the city, and 25 sites were open in Manhattan by Wednesday afternoon.
More sites are expected to open in the coming weeks, as the city and state work to speed up a sluggish vaccine rollout.
Cuomo said Tuesday that New Yorkers over the age of 65 would now be eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention altered its guidance on vaccine prioritization to recommend including that group.
The expanded criteria will open up vaccinations to at least 1.8 million more New York State residents, Cuomo said.
Immunocompromised people are also slated to become eligible to get vaccinated under the new federal guidelines, but state officials are still working with the CDC to determine who qualifies as part of that group, according to Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to the governor.
Patch reporters Gus Saltonstall and Maya Kaufman contributed.