What there is to know
- APTs can now earn $ 100 for each family member and student they register to get immunized in addition to the $ 100 incentive for each person who gets immunized at a city-run site due to of their recommendation.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Thursday, expanding NYC’s vaccine referral bonus program first launched in mid-June
- The prioritization of PTAs within the mix recognizes the critical importance of vaccinating as many eligible students and staff before school resumes in person on September 13.
New York City Adds APTs to Growing List of Organizations Eligible for $ 100 Per Vaccine Referral as Part of Incentive Program it rolled out in June, latest effort to encourage vaccinations among eligible students before the start of the next school year in a matter of weeks.
The NYC Vaccine Referral Program, which targeted community and faith-based organizations when it was first rolled out, awards groups $ 100 for each person they refer who receives a first dose at a city-run site. People can identify the organization that referred them when they make an appointment for a vaccine or simply show up. Once they receive their first shot, the referral group receives $ 100, up to a total of $ 20,000.
The bonus is a bit more for PTAs, who receive $ 100 for each student and family member they enroll in addition to the $ 100 incentive for each person who gets vaccinated due to a referral. of a given organization. PTAs can register here.
The prioritization of PTAs within the mix recognizes the critical importance of vaccinating as many eligible students and staff before school resumes in person on September 13. caused by the highly contagious delta variant has raised new concerns about the safety of the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
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To date, 56% of New York City children aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, beating the national average (48%), Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. That’s about 300,000 young New Yorkers.
Statewide, 49% of children aged 12 to 15, the most comparative bracket available, received at least one dose while 37.8% completed their shooting streak. Children under 12, which include virtually everyone up to grade 5, are not yet eligible for vaccination and it is not yet clear when they might become eligible.
Asked about it on Thursday, New York Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said studies were still underway regarding existing vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds. He said he expects Pfizer to be the first to obtain emergency use authorization at some point in September, but stressed the importance of letting the science take its course.
New York City said its mask tenure would remain in schools to open this school year, making what it called an over-cautious move when Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would leave that call to districts local.
However, it is not clear whether it will remain in local hands. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who will be officially sworn in as governor at midnight on August 24, said she has the power to impose masks for all in schools and plans to do so once she is. in charge.
It was not immediately clear how this would affect some districts, like Massapequa on Long Island, who said Thursday that he would not need masks but would leave it up to students and parents to determine the best course of action.
Amid this so-called fourth COVID wave, hospital admissions for confirmed cases in children under 18 are at their highest level in three months in the greater New York area – and in the nationally, they are at the highest levels on record.
Almost 86% of all US counties, including the five that make up New York City, are now considered “high transmission rate” areas by the CDC, with new case rates of at least 100 per 100,000 inhabitants per day. Over 8% of US counties are considered “significant transmission” areas. Both classifications trigger a universal indoor mask recommendation by the CDC, regardless of immunization status.
Nationally, the Delta accounts for at least 86% of all positive COVID samples tested, according to the CDC.
New York City, where delta accounts for at least 90% of the positive samples sequenced this month, launched its new proof of vaccination mandate for gyms, theaters and restaurants earlier this week to bolster public safety in the face to the variant – although a Staten Island business group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the executive order, calling it “arbitrary, irrational, unscientific and illegal.” Meanwhile, the TSA has extended its mask mandate for travelers until 2022.
More importantly, federal health officials said on Wednesday they were recommending an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for all fully vaccinated Americans within eight months of vaccination. The federal plan, pending official FDA approval, calls on municipalities to start giving booster shots the week of September 20.
“We have a responsibility to offer the maximum protection,” President Joe Biden said at the White House. He added that extra doses are also “the best way to protect yourself from new variants that may arise”.