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As NYS expands vaccine eligibility, PEF pushes for all members to be considered vaccine-eligible

Albany, NY — PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement March 9 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo expanded vaccine eligibility in the state:

“The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) applauds Governor Cuomo’s decision to expand vaccine eligibility to anyone over the age of 60 starting on March 10 and to all public-facing essential workers as of March 17. There is no greater priority at this time than vaccinating as many New Yorkers as possible, as quickly as possible. Since the vaccine first became available late last year, PEF has pushed for all members of the union — most of whom interact with the public or work in congregate settings and never stopped working throughout this pandemic — to be vaccinated in the first tier. We will not stop until every member of PEF, more than 50,000 professional, scientific and technical titles across the state, is eligible for vaccination.”