More New Yorkers will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 30, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Beginning tomorrow at 8 a.m. individuals 30 years old and over will be allowed to receive the innoculation.

Currently, frontline workers, people with underlying health conditions, public-facing employees and those 50 and older were able to sign up for the shot(s).

Cuomo also announced today that New Yorkers 16 and older can start scheduling their vaccine appointments beginning April 6.

This means the state will have universal adult vaccine eligibility a month before President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline.

“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID,”  Governor Cuomo said. “As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity, particularly for communities of color who are too often left behind.”

More than 9 million vaccine doses have been administered statewide thus far. On Long Island alone, 383,896 people have received the vaccine.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Cuomo, “but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance, and follow all safety guidelines.”

Continue to follow greaterlongisland.com for local COVID-19 vaccine updates.

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