As of Friday afternoon, approximately one in three state residents had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to information from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
And, in an additional statement, the governor reiterated that there is more work to do.
“We’re making great progress in our efforts to get every New Yorker vaccinated, but the rate of people getting vaccines is slowing,” Cuomo said in a statement.
To facilitate additional vaccinations, previous restrictions on population groups eligible for vaccination have been rolled back in recent weeks. Now, any state residents over the age of 16 may be vaccinated.
Further, all New York state mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis.
Walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.
On Friday, the average statewide positivity rate dropped to 1.76%, the lowest since Nov. 3, 2020.
Locally, vaccination appointments and walk-ins are available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination PODs.
To view all dates and to book an appointment, visit: www.ocgov.net.
On April 29, Oneida County logged 37 new cases of COVID-19 and there were two new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 418 deaths.
There were seven patients hospitalized in Oneida County (all at Mohawk Valley Health System) with one being a nursing home resident.
Five residents are hospitalized out of the county.