Cuomo said New York would shut down mass vaccination sites in Corning, Oneonta in Otsego County, Potsdam in St. Lawrence County and York College in Queens.
About 51% of the state’s 20 million people are fully immunized, according to the latest federal data. Cuomo touted a seemingly higher figure: 70% of adults in New York City had received at least one dose.
The pace of vaccination has slowed in New York City since March, when at least one million people were vaccinated each week. This has dropped to about 540,000 doses administered in New York City in the past seven days.
The Corning site targeted for closure is located in Steuben County, where 43.7% of residents are fully vaccinated. Rates are highest in Queens (53%), Otsego County (47%) and the St. Lawrence (46%).
Cuomo did not specify where the state would open new pop-up sites, but said his administration would do so in the “coming weeks.”
“The transition reflects the state’s plan to focus resources on areas where ZIP code data shows the immunization rate is below the state average,” Cuomo said.
The latest state data shows dozens of zip codes where less than a third of residents have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine: from neighborhoods in Rockland County to parts of Rochester, to Brooklyn and the Queens.
A new study from the University of Miami has found that the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines – the two mRNA vaccines that currently have emergency use clearance in the United States – do not contribute to male infertility .
It’s unclear how long natural immunity will last for the 1.1 million people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City since January.
But medical experts say this kind of immunity doesn’t last as long as COVID-19 vaccines, which offer protection for six to nine months and possibly longer.
Vaccination rates are lowest in rural and less populated counties in western and central New York City: 31% in Allegany County and about 38% in Wyoming County.
Although the number of coronavirus cases has increased in states that have reopened, the rise is slight thanks to vaccines, says Dr John Torres. More people with antibodies to COVID-19 means fewer cases and chances of spreading to others.
This contrasts with counties north of New York, near the state border with Massachusetts and Vermont: rates range from 72% in Hamilton County to 57% in Westchester.
In New York City, the Bronx has the lowest vaccination rate at 39%. Manhattan reports that 59% of residents are vaccinated.
New York has an average of 385 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, the lowest level since the increase in testing in March 2020. Hospitals reported 548 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, the highest level low since September.