New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press convention on the Covid pandemic

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference Friday on coronavirus as the state provides coronavirus vaccines to people beyond healthcare and nursing home residents.

On Tuesday, following new instructions from the federal government, Governor Andrew Cuomo said residents 65 and older and other key workers such as teachers, police officers and transit workers could be vaccinated against the disease.

However, he warned that supplies would be an issue. The New York Department of Health announced this week that appointments for the vaccine will be booked for the next 3½ months and will fill up quickly after the state extends the eligibility.

To date, New York has received more than 1.8 million doses of vaccine, but administered around 37% of them, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state has prepared to dispense the doses in larger quantities and to use convention centers and baseball parks as temporary vaccination sites.

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