New York State just expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning today (March 30) those 30 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Governor Cuomo's Office, eligibility will expand further starting April 6 with those 16 years of age and older becoming eligible to receive the vaccine. Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites with more than 2 million doses administered at New York State-run and FEMA-assisted mass vaccination sites. So far close to 30% of New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose with nearly 17% receiving both doses.

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To begin the process of getting your vaccine, go on-line to, then click "Get started" to schedule your vaccine appointment at the state-run location of your choosing. For our region, the closest state-run site is at SUNY Oneonta. It takes about 10 minutes to register.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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