All state-run mass coronavirus vaccination websites in New York will enable anybody 16 or older to stroll in with out an appointment and get their first dose, starting on Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced on Tuesday.
Stroll-in vaccinations will likely be accessible at state-run websites in New York Metropolis, just like the Javits Heart in Manhattan and Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, in addition to on Lengthy Island and in upstate cities like Albany and Syracuse, the governor mentioned.
Second doses will nonetheless be given by appointment, which will likely be scheduled after the primary dose is run.
“Simply present up, and roll up your sleeve, and the mass vaccination websites have the capability to deal with it,” Mr. Cuomo mentioned at a information convention on Tuesday.
Different kinds of vaccine suppliers within the state, like pharmacies and websites run by cities and counties, could have the choice to begin permitting walk-ins as properly, a step the governor inspired.
New York had already begun permitting some vaccinations with out prior appointments. Mr. Cuomo introduced final week that individuals 60 and over could walk in for vaccination at 16 state-run sites. And Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City announced last week that city-run vaccination sites would let anyone eligible walk in for a shot.
Allowing walk-ins simplifies a process that bedeviled many New Yorkers earlier in the pandemic, when obtaining a vaccine appointment often took hours of online searching and some luck as well. The new policy may also draw out people who are still hesitant to get vaccinated, Mr. Cuomo said.
“This is our way of saying, if you were intimidated by the process of trying to make an appointment, that’s gone,” the governor said.
He said it was feasible to allow more walk-ins because fewer vaccinations were being administered across the state now — about 115,000 doses a day — than a few weeks ago, when the state peaked at about 175,000 doses a day.
“The demand is reducing, fewer people are asking for appointments,” Mr. Cuomo said.
Mr. Cuomo also announced at the news conference that New York would adopt the new C.D.C. guidance that fully vaccinated people can safely engage in most outdoor activities without masks.
Reports of new cases and hospitalizations have declined in the state, according to a New York Times database, but the risk of infection still remains very high in New York City, where some troublesome variants of the virus appear to be on the rise.