New Yorkers 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday

At Stony Brook University, administrators had already been planning on vaccinating 1,400 students who live on campus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 5, 2021, 4:10 PM

Updated 1,107 days ago


Starting Tuesday, people 16 years old and up will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in New York.
Administrators at Stony Brook University had already been planning on vaccinating 1,400 students who live on campus. Students who signed up will be getting their first round of the Moderna shots Tuesday at the Stony Brook Student Union.
"I think most college students wanna get inoculated at this point," says Atakan Kemal, a junior at Stony Brook University. "It's just like they wanna get through it, wanna do things they haven't been able to do for a while."
News 12 also spoke with students at Farmingdale State College about getting the shot.
"I think it's great, if you're eligible you should get it. I have it, my mother and father have it, the only person who doesn't have it is my sister, she's still in high school. She isn't eligible just yet. My grandma has it, I think we should get the vaccine," says freshman Matthew Philip.
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Dr. Sharon Nachman, of Stony Brook Children's Hospital, says vaccinating kids 16 and older helps prevent the students from becoming super spreaders. Nachman says it's important to vaccinate as many people as possible. However, some people are hesitant.
Philip says his parents are worried about vaccinating his younger sister.
"My mom is a little bit worried about long-term side effects because we don't know that yet," says Philip.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says eligibility for people 16 years old and up starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Those 1,400 Stony Brook students with appointments to get their first shot Tuesday will be starting to get vaccinated at 9 a.m. and will get their second shot four weeks later on May 4.

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