Some states try to text to increase vaccination rates – .

Some states try to text to increase vaccination rates – .

NEW YORK (WABC) – Some states are starting texting people to get their COVID snapshots. University of Pennsylvania researchers found flu vaccine texting increased vaccination rates by about 5% .
So health officials are hoping the same could help with the coronavirus vaccine.

Here are some other headlines from today:

NYC adopts $ 98.7 billion “recovery budget” for fiscal 2022
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Chairman Corey Johnson on Wednesday announced an agreement on a $ 98.7 billion “stimulus budget” for fiscal year 2022. “This is a radical investment in working families, and that’s what we need right now to come out of this pandemic and move forward, ”said de Blasio.

“Films under the Stars” returns to New York
NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment have announced the return of the “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor series, featuring free summer movie screenings in New Town parks and playgrounds. York.
City parks host screenings throughout the summer months of classic movies like “RENT” and new favorites “Captain America”, “Coco” and “Incredibles 2”. For a list of movies and locations, visit

$ 46.4 billion budget clears NJ out of COVID crisis, says Murphy
Governor Murphy today signed a record budget of $ 46.4 billion for the state, which he says is pulling the state out of the coronavirus crisis. Murphy signed the budget at Ross Street School in Woodbridge, in front of a large room of socially distanced local officials. “It’s the budget that will make this day better than yesterday,” he said.

New York Comedy Festival returns to New York
The New York Comedy Festival will return to the city from November 8-14. The festival will feature more than 100 shows across the five boroughs at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Full lineups will be announced on August 16.

Vaccinated municipal workers do not need to wear masks in city offices
Starting today, vaccinated municipal workers no longer need to wear masks or maintain social distancing when working in city offices, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. Unvaccinated workers and workers interacting with the public should continue to wear masks, the mayor said. The city aims to get all full-time workers back to its offices by September 1, if CDC guidelines allow.

Moderna vaccine likely protects against Delta and other variants, early data shows
Moderna has released preliminary data indicating that its vaccine is likely to resist several variants of concern, including the Delta variant, which is expected to become the dominant variant in the United States. These data – not yet peer reviewed – are preliminary but promising.Vaccinated Ulster County resident tests positive for COVID Delta variant
A vaccinated Ulster County resident has tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID, according to County Director Pat Ryan.

Coney Island fireworks
July 4 and weekly Friday night fireworks will return to Coney Island this year as the city returns to pre-pandemic entertainment and gathering levels. The Alliance for Coney Island says fireworks are essential to the recovery of Coney Island small businesses and provides a free family event for all New Yorkers.

Masks will not be compulsory in NJ schools next year
Governor Murphy has announced that masks will not be mandatory for students when the next school year begins in September, unless individual districts decide to require masks. He said all schools should prepare to open for full-time in-person instruction and anticipate updated CDC guidelines regarding wearing masks.

Type 2 diabetes has doubled in children during pandemic, study finds
Two new studies have found that type 2 diabetes appears to have doubled in children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr Jennifer Ashton explained what is behind the recent increase and what parents need to know.

Vaccination rate in New York by zip code
There are about a dozen communities in the New York City area where three in four people have yet to be vaccinated. 7 On Your Side Investigates created a map where the darkest zip codes have New Yorkers the most vaccinated and the lightest, the least.


New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracking
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracking
How to get vaccinated in New York, tri-state area
Coronavirus Disease Control and Prevention Centers

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