Syracuse, N.Y. — More than 40,000 Covid-19 appointments are open at the New York State fairgrounds through the end of May.
And at three other state-run vaccination sites within a two-hour drive of Syracuse, there were at least 70,000 appointments available through May 31, the last date for which slots are available now.
The abundance of appointments comes as more New Yorkers become eligible today for the vaccines.
The fairgrounds site administers the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses 21 days apart. When you make your first appointment, you commit to making a second appointment at the same time of day, 21 days later.
As of 8 a.m. today, the soonest available appointments at the fairgrounds were March 30. There’s 100 to 200 a day through April 11, and then 300 to about 1,000 per day the rest of the month. In May, more than1,000 appointments are available every day of the month.
Eligibility has expanded to 10 million to 12 million New Yorkers as vaccine supply has increased. The newly eligible today includes public-facing government and public employees; certain nonprofit workers, and essential in-person, public-facing building services workers
The new categories include jobs like public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, Department of Motor Vehicles workers, county clerks, building services workers and election workers.
The state has added three new questions to the appointment signup website to determine eligibility:
* Are you a public-facing government or public employee?
* Are you a not-for-profit worker who provides public-facing services to New Yorkers in need?
* Are you an essential, in-person, public-facing building service worker or provider of essential building services?
All other groups who were eligible before remain eligible now.
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