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NYS Coronavirus Update: Walk-In Appointments at Mass Vaccination Sites -- Updated Mask Guidance

Apr 27, 2021

- It's critical for us to make the vaccine as accessible as possible and provide all opportunities for New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Beginning Thursday, April 29, all New York State mass vaccination sites will open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis for all. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only—second-dose appointments will be scheduled immediately after New Yorkers receive their first dose. This new approach means any eligible New Yorker age 16 and older will be able to walk into any mass vaccination site and walk out with a shot in arm, eliminating the need to make an appointment online or by phone. We'll continue to work 24/7 to get the vaccine to communities across the state so everyone can be vaccinated. So roll up your sleeve and let's get vaccinated, New York.

Photo of the Day: The Binghamton University mass vaccination site will move indoors to accommodate more vaccinations (Photo by Mike Groll)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York will adopt the new CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated individuals can conduct outdoor activities or gather without wearing a mask outdoors except in certain crowded settings and venues. Read the full CDC guidance.

2. COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 3,184. Of the 103,675 tests reported yesterday, 2,704, or 2.61 percent, were positive. The 7-day average positivity rate was 2.06 percent. There were 728 patients in ICU yesterday, down one from the previous day. Of them, 461 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 26 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. As of 11am this morning, 44.6 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 152,118 total doses have been administered. To date, New York has administered 14,702,998 total doses with 31.9 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State's Vaccine Tracker:

4. The mass vaccination site at Binghamton University will relocate indoors. The mass vaccination site, currently located at 10 Gannett Drive in Johnson City, will move inside the building at the same address. The move will allow for increased capacity and protection from any adverse weather conditions.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment"
: An arts project is using vacant New York City storefronts to spark interest in the arts and brighten up the community. Barbara Anderson created the Art on the Avenue NYC project and transformed storefronts in Greenwich Village into colorful galleries for local artists to feature their work. This is the project's second iteration; the first took place in June of last year on Columbus Avenue.

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Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo