DeStefano Calls Out Governor's Failed Vaccine Rollout

Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I-Medford) is calling out Gov. Cuomo on his vaccine distribution plan. The governor recently amended the rules regarding who qualifies. Now people over 65 and public employees, as well as New Yorkers in Phases 1a and 1b, are eligible for the vaccine.

“The governor’s vaccine roll out has been disappointing, even with amended rules, the plan is still chaotic and confusing,” said DeStefano. “Countless constituents continue to express concerns, questions and frustrations. Gov. Cuomo needs to get this vaccine distributed as soon as possible. We cannot throw away such a valuable, lifesaving vaccine. We need action in times of uncertainty.”

A drive-through COVID-19 vaccine location is expected to open in Jones Beach and a website has been created in order to make appointments. The pandemic has exacerbated the state’s budget deficit and caused financial hardship on businesses across the state.

“Businesses will keep closing, people will continue to lose their jobs, homes and income.” DeStefano continued. “The state is facing a massive budget deficit. If we don’t address the issues we are facing with the pandemic, we cannot move forward. We need a clear plan to reopen businesses and prevent more from shutting down. Pop up art shows with millionaires and costly green energy initiatives are not bold initiatives to help with the challenges so many New Yorkers are facing today. The vaccine is key to reopen New York state.”

Eligibility for the vaccine can be determined by visiting or New York's new 'Am I Eligible app. New Yorkers can also begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). Vaccines are by appointment only. Due to the limited distribution of vaccine supply, appointments could take up to 14 weeks. Please be patient.