State extends regulation to waive co-pays for COVID vaccine

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On Wednesday, the state extended the emergency regulation requiring all health insurers to waive co-pays for the COVID-19 vaccine until April 30, according to a release. 

This, to ensure there are no barriers for state residents accessing the vaccine, a release continued.

First issued Dec. 16, 2020, the regulation requires a policy or contract that provides immediate medical coverage, without cost sharing, of the COVID-19 immunizations.

State numbers

Also Wednesday, the statewide COVID-19 average positivity rate was 3.25%, and there were 59 COVID-19 deaths in New York state on Tuesday.

According to the governor’s office, as of Wednesday, more than one in three New York residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than three in five are fully vaccinated.

For more information on vaccines in the state, visit: ny.gov/vaccinetracker

Oneida County notes

• On April 6, Oneida County saw 29 new positive cases, and one new COVID-19-related death. There were 17 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 14 at Mohawk Valley Health System and three at Rome Health. Three of the 17 patients are nursing home residents. Three residents are hospitalized out of the county.

• County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will give an update briefing Thursday at 3 p.m. It will be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/OneidaCountyGovernment.

• Vaccination appointments are currently available at multiple Oneida County-operated PODs, including some new locations. To view the full list and to book an appointment visit: www.ocgov.net.

• To see an updated Oneida County COVID dashboard, visit: https://bit.ly/3uxeudg

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