Vaccine eligibility expands to New Yorkers with comorbidities on Feb. 15

Gov. Andrew Cuomo put hospital staff who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine on the clock at his briefing Friday.
They have one more week to get vaccinated, or those doses will be reallocated to local health departments to use for people with comorbidities beginning on Feb. 15.
Gov. Cuomo released the list of what conditions will be eligible for vaccination. It includes cancer, Down syndrome, heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes and liver or kidney disease.
The governor says hospitals had eight weeks to get their staff vaccinated.
"Just hear this one number – 94% of the people who die from COVID-19 are people with comorbidities or other underlying conditions," he said at his briefing.
Gov. Cuomo says local governments have a week to prepare for the expansion.
News 12 reached out local officials to get clarity on what steps they need to take. Rockland County officials say they are waiting for official guidance from the state.