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The city recorded 8,062,074 shots thanks to what de Blasio describes as “extraordinary outreach” efforts to bring mobile vaccination sites directly to New Yorkers in public housing, transportation hubs, places of worship and more. other places.
“What works is to take him to the streets, to go out into the communities,” de Blasio said.
He added, “It really is for a lot of people a matter of convenience, just the right time to get the vaccine. It all works.
The mayor touted other gains, including a drop in COVID-19-related hospitalizations for 59 patients and a seven-day average of 0.79 per 100,000 hospital admissions. The seven-day average of newly reported COVID-19 cases is 385.
The seven-day positivity rate is 1.08%.
“Keep getting the vaccine, New York,” de Blasio said. “Let’s put that below 1%.”
As part of the city’s child and adolescent immunization drive, Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said the city had exceeded 50,000 doses of immunization for people between the ages of 12 and 15 – a number that it expects to increase to tens of thousands in the days and weeks to come. .
The game plan for the city, Chokshi said, includes working with community pediatricians to provide them with the information they need to answer parents’ questions. The Department of Education works with the Department of Health to help establish lines of communication with families.
“We are seeing some good clips so far and we will continue to move forward so that children can get vaccinated as easily as possible,” Chokshi said.
The mayor said schools are encouraging students to get vaccinated and the city will work in the coming months to step up awareness efforts before students return to class in the fall.
“We will have more to say soon about how this specific effort is going to play out, but I am confident that we are going to have a high percentage of children vaccinated before the new school year,” said de Blasio.
The administration also highlighted the work underway to reach various communities, including Latin American New Yorkers. Chokshi said the health ministry has worked with community and religious leaders in the Latin American community and provided doctors with materials in Spanish to educate the public.
“What we’re finding is that 45 percent of adults who identify as Hispanic or Latin American have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is a big step forward,” Chokshi said. “I will say that this is an area where we have seen a particular increase in recent weeks, but we still have a long way to go and we are committed to the last kilometers of our vaccination campaign.”