SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says those 30 and older can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine now.
Monday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced anyone over the age of 30 would be eligible to sign up for a vaccine as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. Eligibility would expand to any adult on April 6.
McMahon saw no reason to wait until Tuesday morning for accepting appointments. The county’s website was taking appointment requests Monday afternoon.
“Overall, we’re happy. We’ve been asking the state to loosen up the guidance on eligibility, they have, and so we’re happy,” Mcmahon told reporters at his COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon.
The county executive has said for weeks now that more than 70% of the new COVID cases in Onondaga County are among those under the age of 40, people who tend to be more active and social, particularly young adults.
He says Syracuse University has had conversations with the New York State Health Department about setting up a vaccination site on campus for students.
The county plans to talk with school districts in the county about possible pop-up clinics for high school students 16 and older. That age group is only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older.
More than 105,000 people in Onondaga County have been vaccinated either at hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, the Empire Expo Center, the Oncenter or at pop-up clinics. That’s just over 35% of the total population.
When you look at the numbers in comparison with the adult population, more than 44 % of county adults have been vaccinated.
Watch Monday’s briefing below: