What there is to know
- New York is rolling out a new round of incentives to encourage vaccinations among the least motivated, with the state reporting a 41% drop in vaccination rates in the last month alone.
- The city offers free tickets to attractions such as Lincoln Center, New York Aquarium, and the Bronx Zoo and a two-week Citi Bike membership while the state uses free 7-day MetroCards, among others. bonus.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the Mets’ Citi Field mass vaccination site will add a drive-thru option starting May 13 in hopes of reaching those who prefer to stay in their vehicles.
New York City and state officials have taken steps in recent weeks to open the city as much as possible to residents and visitors, and starting on Wednesday, a new incentive program is being launched to encourage vaccination and the return to public transport.
24-hour metro service resumes in all five boroughs in just five days for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, while nearly all remaining trade restrictions will be lifted in the tri-state area in exactly one week. With less than half of the state’s population aged 18 and over fully vaccinated, see the incentive program as a final step in strengthening defenses in the five boroughs while also pushing for reopening.
Starting Wednesday, anyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a designated subway station will receive a free seven-day MetroCard and anyone vaccinated at a Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North hub will earn two one-way trips. free anywhere in the service. region, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. This incentive program lasts until Sunday, making it a limited-time deal, although Cuomo has indicated it could potentially expand if successful.
NBC New York’s Gaby Acevedo reports.
The eight transit hubs initiative uses the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which means people can leave for work, for example, get vaccinated at their regular workplace and be fully immunized before arriving at the office . Tourists returning as restrictions are loosening can also be vaccinated at these locations.
Earlier this week, New York also unveiled a list of new vaccination incentives. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday added a free two-week Citi membership to a range of offers that also includes free tickets to some of the city’s most iconic attractions – like Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the New York Aquarium.
Vaccinations are key to speeding up the road to recovery, officials say. These have fallen 41% statewide since April 12, according to Cuomo. Although children between the ages of 12 and 15 may be eligible for vaccination in New York City as early as Thursday if the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee approves Pfizer’s injection schedule for emergency use among those ages, but Cuomo says that it is still targeting efforts for 16-40 year olds at this time. .
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Statewide, only 25.9% of New Yorkers aged 16 to 25 are fully vaccinated, while 36.3% of those aged 26 to 34 can say the same. In New York, these figures are 24% and 36.8% respectively. Vaccination rates for 65-74 year olds are the highest of all age groups at both the city and state level, which is slightly different from the national trend, where 50-64 years represent the highest percentage of Americans fully immunized (27.8%).
Nationally, people between the ages of 18 and 29 account for 11.2% of complete vaccinations, well below their representation in the U.S. population, while those aged 16 and 17 make up just 1% of the total. vaccinated pool.
A growing number of colleges and universities – hundreds of them now – are now saying vaccination will be mandatory for students returning to campus in the fall, so awareness at local, state and local government levels and national is well underway.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he will not impose vaccination on students and teachers when all five boroughs return to their full potential in September, although Cuomo says vaccination is mandatory for all. public school or government enterprise cannot yet be mandated. The CDC and the FDA are expected to approve the various vaccines for full use; at the moment, they have just been licensed for emergency use.
When that changes, new mandates could also arrive, although it may still be a bit early to tell. Also on the table for change: social distancing and indoor mask wearing.
If the CDC adjusts its guidelines on these COVID protocols, Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have said they will consider doing so. Right now, those two pieces of protection will remain in place in New York and New Jersey when the two states make their biggest reopening push in more than a year, on May 19.
Social distancing would likely be the first adjusted federal focus. The CDC has suggested it is open to changing its suggested distance from 6 feet to 3 feet as more Americans get vaccinated and baseline viral levels across the country continue to drop.
To date, 44.7% of U.S. adults 18 and older are fully vaccinated, while 71.6% of those 65 and older can say the same – a ratio that officials say sent the most critical COVID measures, hospitalizations and deaths, dipping across the board.
New York, where 49.4% of the population aged 18 and over is fully vaccinated, and New York, where 36.9% of that population have completed their vaccine series, have seen similar trends in recent weeks. According to New York Times data, average daily hospitalizations and deaths are down 31% in the state, according to New York Times data, while New York City has seen declines of 51% and 39 %, respectively, of their average weekly hospitalization and their compared mortality rates. with the averages of the previous four weeks.
In neighboring New Jersey, where 41.2% of the population is fully vaccinated to date, the average hospitalizations and deaths have fallen 36% and 28%, respectively, in the past 14 days, according to the data. from the New York Times. If the promising drops in viral levels continue and vaccinations increase faster than they are, it could mean even more aggressive reopening measures and higher capacity limits for everyone much sooner.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that the shot is safe and offers strong protection for young adolescents based on tests on more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers. NBC New York’s Natalie Pasquarella reports.
Immunization campaigns in the tri-state region have focused not only on incentives but also on convenience. To that end, New York and New Jersey have all made their government-run vaccination sites available to walk-in people of any eligible age, eliminating the excuses and access issues that Cuomo says , give some people a break.
De Blasio said Tuesday that the Mets’ Citi Field mass vaccination site will add a drive-thru option starting May 13 in the hope of reaching those who prefer to stay in their vehicles. On the same day, the state is expected to start using the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 12 to 15 if the state’s health commissioner and clinical advisory task force recommend it. That means states could essentially get their high school students vaccinated long before fall, as well as their older populations.
Daily percentage of positive tests by New York region
Governor Andrew Cuomo divides the state into 10 regions for testing and tracks positivity rates to identify potential hot spots. Here is the latest monitoring data by region and for the five boroughs. For the latest county-wide statewide results, click here
This push to immunize younger children may come more slowly, as parents are reluctant to give their consent for vaccines or not. It’s okay for the moment, says de Blasio. Schools have been a bright spot throughout the pandemic for the city, and the mayor says he sees no point in trying to force vaccinations on younger New Yorkers.
“We are currently seeing tremendous success in our schools and that was before we could immunize our children,” said de Blasio. “The schools have been incredibly safe thanks to the gold standard of security measures we have in place. We look forward to welcoming each student again. I think this is the right way to go.
Daily percentage of positive tests by New York region
Governor Andrew Cuomo divides the state into 10 regions for testing and tracks positivity rates to identify potential hot spots. Here is the latest monitoring data by region and for the five boroughs. For the latest county-level results statewide, click here