NY State expands vaccine program to age 16 or over

The US state of New York has expanded its COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to residents aged 16 and older, starting Tuesday.

The move enables inoculations for all approved ages. None of the available vaccines have yet been approved for people under 16.

Inoculations in the state began in December, initially targeting healthcare workers. The program has since been expanded in phases to include people with underlying health conditions and others.

A 19-year-old college student at a major inoculation site in New York City said he spent the academic year receiving lectures online. He said he is looking forward to enjoying normal life on campus thanks to the vaccine.

The New York Times says vaccine eligibility has now been expanded to people aged 16 or older in more than 30 states.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as of Tuesday, more than 63 million people, or 19 percent of the country's population, have been fully vaccinated. That includes 56.6 percent of people aged 65 or older.