As more Americans are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, more vaccination sites are starting to pop up across Central New York.

Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to Governor Cuomo, announced in a Tweet Monday morning a list of new and upcoming state vaccination sites, including two in the Central New York region.

The New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Syracuse will open as a vaccination site on Wednesday, January 13, along with Javits Center and Westchester County Center downstate.

Jones Beach in Nassau County and SUNY Albany will also open later this week for vaccinations.

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DeRosa also announced that a new slew of vaccination sites will open next week, including Utica Memorial Auditorium. SUNY Stony Brook, the SUNY Binghamton property in Johnson City, Dome Arena in Rochester, Plattsburgh Airport, SUNY Potsdam, University of Buffalo's South Campus, and the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens are also among those locations scheduled to open as vaccination sites next week.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri told WKTV that the vaccination site in Utica will be in the former Audilicious building, across from the Utica Memorial Center.


All of the sites will open as walk-in facilities, except for Jones Beach and the Plattsburgh Airport, which will be run as drive-thru vaccination sites.

The term 'walk-in' does not mean you won't need an appointment to get the vaccine, though, Governor Cuomo clarified in a Tweet on Monday.

As of Monday morning, people under Phase 1B of New York State's vaccine rollout plan are eligible to be vaccinated. Phase 1B includes people 75 years of age or older, education workers, first responders, public transit workers and public safety workers.

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