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NYC Restaurant Workers & Taxi Drivers Are Now Eligible To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

NYC Restaurant Workers & Taxi Drivers Are Now Eligible To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Now even more New Yorkers are able to get vaccinated, including some very essential workers in NYC.

On Tuesday, February 2, Governor Cuomo expanded vaccine eligibility to NY to include restaurant workers, taxi drivers, and residents at facilities for the developmentally disabled, according to the New York Times. [featured image source: Unsplash / Kate Townsend]

Previously, eligibility only included the likes of health care workers, residents of group living facilities, older adults, grocery store workers, and educators.

And even with indoor dining reopening on February 14, Cuomo had said he wouldn’t be able to extend the eligibility because of the lack of supply from the federal government. But, soon thereafter President Biden announced he would be increasing state supply by 5 percent.

Now that the 1b group has been expanded, Cuomo said he was “leaving it up to the local governments to make a determination of what fits their situation best,” according to the Times.

When asked on Tuesday morning if restaurant workers should be able get the vaccine, Mayor de Blasio had said:

“Yeah, absolutely. Look, the restaurant workers now are going to be in enclosed places with people eating and drinking. And every doctor on this line or any place else will say, that’s an area of concern. We have to protect the people working in our restaurants.”

In order to schedule an appointment, visit VaccineFinder.nyc.gov.

If you’re looking to get tested for COVID-19, check out this collection kit you can do from the comfort of home.