More Than A Third Of New Yorkers Now Fully Vaccinated, Cuomo Says

More than a third of the state’s residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including more than 3 million New York City residents, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

The state recorded 1.2 million vaccine doses administered this week in New York, with 159,863 doses given in the past 24 hours, Cuomo said, calling the progress “steady and strong.” The state said 34.6% of all New Yorkers have completed their vaccinations, while 46.3% of New Yorkers have gotten at least one vaccine dose. In New York City, 4,215,597 people have received at least one dose, while 3,084,307 people have been fully vaccinated.

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“We’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have more ground to cover before we reach herd immunity,” Cuomo said in a statement Saturday. “Until we get to that point we’re continuing to do everything in our power to ensure the vaccine distribution is equitable all across the state and to make clear to anyone who still feels hesitant that the vaccine is safe, effective and necessary to defeat COVID once and for all.”

On Friday, the White House announced that 100 million adults in the United States have been fully vaccinated.

The federal government this week also launched Vaccines.gov, an updated version of the existing vaccine locator website, and a Spanish-language version called Vacunas.gov, Bloomberg News reported. You can also text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) to see nearby vaccination sites.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 1.89% Friday, the lowest since November 6th, 2020, Cuomo also said Saturday.

There were 2,729 patients hospitalized in the state, including 321 new patients. Of those, 658 patients were in intensive care units, and 417 of those ICU patients were intubated. There were 25 deaths Friday — the lowest one-day toll since November 13th, 2020 — including five people in the Bronx, two people in Brooklyn, two people in Manhattan, and four people in Queens.

“The numbers are all trending in the right direction, and as a result we’re able to open the valves on our reopening even more and increase capacity for different industries,” Cuomo said. “This is all great news, but now is not the time to let our guard down. COVID is still a very real threat, and I urge everyone to stay vigilant and keep practicing the behaviors we know slow the spread of the virus.”

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