New York :
NY.- He New York State The next phase of vaccination, 1B, begins this Monday, which includes people aged 75 and over, education workers, first responders, police, firefighters, public transport and public safety workers, according to the office of the Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Vaccination sites within phase 1B will include pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Meanwhile, the state Department of Health will host a virtual seminar Monday for all health care providers and county health departments that are part of the vaccine distribution network.
Currently, the state receives 300,000 doses of vaccines per week from the federal government. The state’s goal is to deliver 14 million vaccines, which, at this rate, would take 47 weeks, the governor said.
Cuomo cautioned that unless the state gets a larger supply of the vaccine, it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate the Phase 1A and Phase 1B groups, which implies that it would be until April 16.
New cases with a downward trend
New Covid-19 cases in New York state fell for a second day this Sunday after hitting a record since the start of the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
“New York State is now in a race between how quickly the rate of infection increases and how quickly we can deliver vaccines,” stated the Governor.
Cuomo added that with more cases of the new one discovered in the UK being discovered across the country, it is even more important for New Yorkers to follow the guidelines and stand firm in New York.
“Wear a mask, avoid gatherings, and practice social distancing,” he insisted.
The rate of new cases fell to 15,355, two days after reaching a daily record of 18,832, the governor said in a statement. Hospitalizations fell to 8,484 and a further 151 people died. The state reported a slight reduction in the positive test rate, to 6.22%, although it remains high in other parts of the state. For example, in the Mohawk Valley it is above 10%, with Long Island at 9.60% and Finger Lakes at 9.55%.
For his part, this Sunday, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, reported a positive test rate of 8.77%, according to an average of seven days. Two days ago, the city’s rate was 9.38%. While in November, it was below 2%.
New vaccination centers in NYC
According to the Department of Health (DOH), more than 125 sites are already in operation throughout the five boroughs.
DOH urged eligible New Yorkers to find the closest sites to them on this department’s vaccine locations page. Three new COVID-19 vaccination centers located in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn opened this Sunday. Twelve additional centers will open next week across the five boroughs, adding to the more than 125 sites that are currently in operation for eligible New Yorkers across the city.
“To get the vaccine traffic we want, we will need to build access ramps. Facilities like these will be a path to immunity for thousands of New Yorkers. We need more New Yorkers to be eligible for the vaccine in order to accelerate the rate of vaccination throughout the city, ”said the Health Commissioner. Dr. Dave A. Chokshi.
Location of new centers
These three centers will start with the capacity to vaccinate a total of 5,000 to 7,000 people per day and will be open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Currently eligible New Yorkers must make an appointment online.
- South Bronx Education Campus (701 St. Ann’s Avenue)
- Bushwick Educational Campus (400 Irving Avenue)
- Hillcrest High School (160-05 Highland Avenue, Jamaica)
The centers have staff from the Health Department and volunteers trained through the Medical Reserve Corps.
Requirements before getting vaccinated
Before an appointment, New Yorkers will need to complete the New York State COVID-19 vaccination form in order to get vaccinated. The state requires the provider administering the vaccine to verify that the form is complete. Additionally, eligible New Yorkers will need to bring proof of employment, such as an employee identification card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub.
“COVID-19 continues to devastate our communities, especially in The Bronx, where we were hit the hardest during the height of the pandemic, and continually as our positivity rates grow to the highest in other New York counties.” said State Senator Luis Sepúlveda.
The senator thanked the Mayor and the City Department of Health for their important collaboration to accelerate COVID-19 vaccines for the South Bronx.
For his part, Councilor Rafael Salamanca stated that if the country is ever to return to a sense of normalcy, it must begin with ensuring that the majority of Americans are vaccinated.
“Most importantly, in communities like mine that have felt the impacts of COVID disproportionately, the decision to place one of the first vaccination centers in the South Bronx will literally save the lives of countless frontline workers and of many residents of that county who are vulnerable ”, added Salamanca.