Update on COVID NYC: City is pushing to continue vaccinating 24/7 at many centers, says mask mandate will remain in place

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Update on COVID NYC: City is pushing to continue vaccinating 24/7 at many centers, says mask mandate will remain in place


NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York City will continue to run its 24/7 vaccination sites, despite ending nightly vaccinations at the Javits Center last week. Johnson & Johnson overnight at the Javits Center when there was supply.
Supply has declined and the site is back to normal 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The state expects to get more of the J&J vaccine by the end of the month.

“We have to do several different things simultaneously. We need to distribute the vaccines to all communities, especially the hardest hit communities. We need to get as many bases as possible, ”Mayor de Blasio said. “But the main thing is the supply problem. If we had the supply, we would be operating a lot of places 24/7.

“We know that for essential workers, who have early morning, late day and night hours, it is also essential to ensure that people can access immunization in a way that is convenient for them.” , Dr David Says Chokshi.

Mayor de Blasio said he was looking forward to getting vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine “very soon”.

So far, more than 2.8 million New Yorkers have received their vaccine.

On Monday, the mayor announced a new initiative to reach New Yorkers and people with disabilities, so they can get vaccinated in their homes.

Additionally, for the first time in months, daily COVID-related hospitalizations in New York City were below the 200 to 154 threshold.

But the other indicators were still above their cutoffs with daily positive cases at 3,123 and a 7-day positive average of 6.16%.

The mayor said the city was still a long way from not implementing its mask mandate.

“The goal was set for five million New Yorkers to be fully immunized. This is a number on which we can start to think about making changes, but before that, especially with the presence of the variant, it would be premature, ”said de Blasio. “So come on, let’s stop in June. We will re-evaluate as we get to this point.

In the meantime, the state of Connecticut is stepping up its vaccination schedule. Anyone over the age of 45 can be vaccinated on Friday, and by April 5, the state opens it to anyone over the age of 16.

Sunday marked a year since the first coronavirus death at a New York City hospital. Since then, nearly 30,000 New Yorkers have died.

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