It comes as New York City increases resistance with new incentives to get vaccinated, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.
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On Friday, the city began paying $ 100 to anyone shot at a city-run site.
People lined up outside the American Museum of Natural History in the morning. They said the $ 100 incentive was a big plus, but public pressure and concerns about the variant helped their decision.
“Being around a lot of people, I just thought it was about time. It was about time, I wanted to be safe, ”said Diana Carrington, who was receiving her second dose of the vaccine.
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Some New Yorkers who were hesitant to get the shot said they were coming back slowly and noted that the financial incentive gave them a boost.
“It’s probably half. But there’s more than that, ”said Jamal Ortiz, in line for his first shot. “I want to socialize with other people, take vacations, sit at a restaurant and eat with people. You must be vaccinated. It’s more of an incentive to get vaccinated than anything else.
“A hundred dollars to get your shot, something you should have done anyway?” It’s like getting a free jail release card, ”said Woody Hanson.
“The hundred dollars… I’ve been on the fence and honestly could use some help,” said Melissa Plush.
Those looking to take advantage of the $ 100 incentive must show proof of residence or employment in New York. A prepaid debit card will be sent to you by mail or email.
To date, we have administered 9,940,938 doses of # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE vaccine, including:
• 5,018,566 first doses
• 4,487,543 second doses
• 434,829 single doses
If you have not yet been vaccinated, $ 100 will come back to you if you receive your first dose at a site run by the city: https://t.co/5vnX71GJGJ https://t.co/MaiPlTuf5j
– Major Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 30, 2021
President Joe Biden said on Friday that while Americans should expect further COVID restrictions to come, he was encouraged by the number of new people who have been vaccinated this week.
“We had a good day yesterday. Almost a million people have been vaccinated, of which around half a million are for the first time, ”he said.
It comes as CBS News has confirmed that a CDC report indicated that the Delta variant was just as contagious as chickenpox.
“What this means is that anyone who has not yet been vaccinated or who has not been recently infected, there is a high probability that they will contract COVID in the next few weeks,” said said Dr Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine.
The Delta variant accounts for over 70% of cases in New York and New Jersey.
The study also found that vaccinated people are just as likely to transmit Delta as unvaccinated people.
“Vaccinated people who end up getting infected, whether they are usually symptomless or not very symptomatic. However, it is clear that they are capable of transmitting the infection to uninfected individuals, ”said Dr Anthony Fauci.
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New data shows that 35,000 people vaccinated per week suffer from so-called breakthrough infections, but this is among the more than 164 million people vaccinated, so it’s still a very small number – 0.02% .
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reports, experts like researchers at a laboratory in Nutley, New Jersey, who carefully study COVID-19, say fully vaccinated people still only make up a fraction of hospitalizations.
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The CDC report noted that fully vaccinated people account for less than 9% of COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide. Health officials have said the vaccine remains the best defense against serious illness or death.
“The vaccines are amazing. We are lucky to have such good vaccines. This should be, I think, everyone’s priority, ”a New Yorker told Duddridge.
“What the vaccine does, and what the vaccine was supposed to do, much like a flu shot, prevents serious illness. That doesn’t mean you can’t be an asymptomatic carrier, which really complicates the masking issue, ”said Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, researcher at the Center for Discovery and Innovation.
The CDC has recommended universal masking, but Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to announce a term.
“The main event is vaccination. Masks can be helpful. We’re going to outline for New Yorkers the best way to use masks. They don’t change the basic reality, vaccination does, ”said de Blasio.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s also taking a wait-and-see approach.
“We were the first state in the country to impose indoor masks and we were the last state to have this mandate in place. So we’ve already done it and if we need to, we’ll do it again, ”Murphy said.
Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla signed a decree requiring all city workers to get vaccinated by August 9 or undergo weekly tests. Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to wear a face covering when working indoors and when interacting with the public.
In Connecticut, the Department of Health is asking residents of counties with high COVID transmission rates to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
The CDC reported a substantial level of community transmission in the counties of Hartford, New London, New Haven, Fairfield, Windham and Tolland.
Although the use of the mask is encouraged, so far there has been no official action at the state or local level.
“If the mask warrants come back, I would definitely have to,” said Christina Aiello. “But this is really a step backwards, so I hope more people will take the opportunity to get vaccinated at this point. “
Last week, de Blasio asked city workers to get vaccinated for weekly testing.
“My job requires us and recommends that we get vaccinated,” said Jo Reid of the Upper West Side.
Dr Fauci said he believed more private employers would require proof of vaccination, but there would be no national mandate.
Also on Friday, Broadway theaters announced that vaccine and mask requirements would apply through October.
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Jessica Layton and Christina Fan of CBS2 contributed to this report.