On Monday, January 11, Phase 1B of New York State's vaccination program kicked into gear.

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Eligibility for Phase 1B includes New Yorkers over 75, transit workers, first responders, corrections officers, and teachers. As the eligibility list grows, New York has set up many state-run mass vaccination sites.

From the Putnam Daily Voice comes word that the first site will open on Wednesday, January 13 at the Javit's Center at 429 11th Avenue in New York City, the State Fair Expo Center in Onondaga County at 581 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse, and the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Make sure to take a look at the nearest one to you to find out how and when to sign up for an appointment to receive your first dose of the vaccine. Governor Cuomo wants to make it clear that all vaccinations are by appointment ONLY.

Next week, mass vaccination sites will be located at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island and Aqueduct Race Track in Queens. Cuomo went on to say that New York had only one million doses of the vaccine, with four million people waiting for their shots. With that said, he still encourages New Yorkers to make their appointment even though it may take 14 weeks to receive that first dose. He implored New Yorkers to be patient, knowing they will eventually be vaccinated.

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