What did Governor Andrew Cuomo say in his speech today, Tuesday March 9?

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed New York state on March 9 regarding new coronavirus measures.

The governor was also briefly touched on the pending sexual allegations case against him during the 20-minute conference. 

What did Cuomo say about vaccinations in New York?

Governor Cuomo hopped on a press conference call to give New Yorkers an update regarding mass vaccination in the state.

He announced that beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Similarly, public facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17.

Providers will be able to vaccinate any eligible New Yorker, with the exception of pharmacies, which will focus on individuals over the age of 60 and teachers, complying with federal policy.

The change comes after hospitals would only focus on vaccinating health care workers, local health departments vaccinating essential workers, and pharmacies vaccinating strictly eligible state residents 65 years of age and older.

Cuomo told the press on March 9: “New York is marching forward expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine, addressing underserved communities and getting shots in arms as we turn the tide in the fight against this virus.”

Where can New Yorkers get vaccinated?

Currently, there are six joint state-FEMA community-based vaccination sites. 

Additionally, there is availability at the Yankee Stadium mass vaccination site. 

More than 120 community-based pop-up sites in public housing developments, churches and community centers have been added to the vaccination distribution list.

However, eligible people must still be advised that vaccine supplies are not entirely abundant and must make an appointment in order to be vaccinated.

Eligible New Yorkers will be able to schedule appointments at state vaccination sites by utilizing New York's 'Am I Eligible' website or by calling the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

What did Cuomo say about the allegations against him? 

The press questioned Cuomo on March 9 regarding the pending sexual allegations case against him involving former staffers and employees.

A sixth woman has been added to that list, claiming that he touched her inappropriately during an encounter at his mansion last year, the Times Union reported.

Cuomo told the press: “There’s a spectrum of allegations, there’s capital crime, physical violence, down to more minor allegations. I told them what I told you I never touched anyone inappropriately.

He continued: “I never made any inappropriate advances. No one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable or awkward. Women have a right to come forward, let’s have an investigation.

“You have an allegation, let’s find out what the facts were, you can allege something, it might be true it might not be true.”

Adding: “That’s what the attorney general is doing, we should all respect that.”

He responded to a reporter's comments regarding the investigation, saying: “You don’t know any facts, you only know allegations.”

Calls for Cuomo to resign have increased as more women have come forward.

The Sun has contacted Governor Cuomo's team for comment.

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