COVID-19 hospitalizations among the elderly have fallen 51% since mid-January, New York health commissioner Dr Dave Choskhi said on Wednesday. The drop is nearly twice the reduction in hospitalizations among New Yorkers under 65, which fell by 29%.
Chokshi highlighted COVID-19 vaccines, which have been prioritized for the elderly through the Elderly People’s Centers programs and age requirements to reach the most vulnerable in the early days of vaccine deployment. Over 61% of older people have received at least one injection.
“Vaccines save lives, and here in New York we are starting to see that they have the real global benefit that has been seen in Israel, the UK and elsewhere,” Chokshi said at a press briefing. Wednesday. Israel’s early and robust deployment meant that nearly all of its oldest citizens had been fully vaccinated by mid-March. The country has seen a rapid decline in cases, first among older groups, but then among children who have not been vaccinated, according to figures compiled by Our World In Data.
“What has been proven now very, very clearly is the power of this vaccine to protect our seniors – to protect everyone – but especially those who are most vulnerable,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. .
Daily inpatient admissions have dropped to 174 patients among New York City patients with COVID-like symptoms, according to the Mayor’s Daily Indicators. The hospitalization rate is 2.99 per 100,000 people over an average of seven days, also down, the mayor said. “This is striking, once again, it echoes what Commissioner Chokshi was saying. It’s the lowest I’ve seen in a long time, ”said de Blasio.
This decline has persisted since early February, although daily cases have remained stubbornly high, varying between 3,000 and 4,000 for nearly two months. City health officials accuse more infectious variants of spreading across the five boroughs. But since the first week of April, the daily workload also appears to be declining, according to city data, although statistics for the past seven days are provisional.
The good news about falling hospitalization rates among the elderly comes a day after federal health officials advised states to stop the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to rare side effects. As a result, the vaccination campaign for home-confined residents is suspended at least until Sunday, although Chokshi said the city was working to organize transport to vaccination sites. The health department said on Tuesday it would postpone 1,500 home appointments.
The mayor also announced Wednesday that he will launch a 5-year community care plan to add 25 senior centers across the city, with funding of $ 50 million. Department of Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez said 125,000 elderly people living at home had independently sought help during the pandemic. They will be incorporated into the plan, she said.