Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of the statewide “Vaccinate NY” ad campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. The ads will run across television, radio, online and print statewide. This effort comes as universal eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16-years-of-age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 6.

“Now that all New Yorkers are eligible to receive the vaccine, it is critical that no one is left behind in our efforts to get New York vaccinated,” Governor Cuomo said. “For over a year, New Yorkers have sacrificed and dedicated themselves to slowing the spread of COVID-19. The light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter and I encourage all New Yorkers to do the right thing and protect themselves and their communities by getting their vaccine. We are still in a footrace against the infection rate, but with millions more now eligible to get their vaccine we can finally win this war.”

Today’s “Vaccinate NY” announcement follows the Governor’s “Roll Up Your Sleeves” campaign announcement encouraging all New Yorkers 16 and older to schedule their vaccine appointments, with an emphasis on the communities that were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. As of right now, people 16 and 17 years of age can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

New Yorkers can schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site on the ‘Am I Eligible‘ website or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). New Yorkers may also call their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments where vaccines are available.