Reporter: Moses Kuwema
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that 106,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York in 24 hours.
As of 11AM Thursday, New York’s health care distribution sites received 2,002,055 first doses and already administered 89 percent or 1,787,189 first dose vaccinations and 81 percent of first and second doses. The week nine allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.
“We’ve hit a significant milestone in the COVID war. Our infection rate continues to come down and more than 10 percent of New Yorkers have now received the first dose of the vaccine.” Governor Cuomo said. “That’s due in large part to our expansive vaccination network of providers, pop up and mass vaccination sites that improve access and equity in the vaccine distribution process. With a trusted partner in the White House working to increase both production and supply of the vaccine, we can and have remained laser-focused on getting each week’s supply into as many arms as quickly and fairly as possible while continuing to bolster public trust in the vaccine. We still have a long way to go but we’re headed in the right direction and I’m confident New York will be the first COVID-free state.”
Approximately seven million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government has increased the weekly supply by more than 20 percent over the next three weeks, but New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.
And Cuomo said the statewide seven-day average positivity for COVID-19 stood at 4.16 percent, the lowest since December 1.
He said that represented 34 consecutive days of decline, down 48 percent since early January post the holiday peak.
Cuomo said for New York City, the seven-day average positivity rate stood at 4.95 percent- the lowest Since December 27; down 23 percent since early January Post-Holiday Peak
The state recorded 122 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.
“Across the state, from hospitalizations to infection rate, our numbers are continuing to decline – a sign of hope to all and proof of the dedication New Yorkers have shown to defeating this beast,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are headed in the right direction, but we are not at the end of the tunnel yet. Until the day the war is won and everyone who wants one has the vaccine, we must continue to practice the guidelines we know work – washing your hands, wearing a mask and avoiding gatherings. I know we will remain New York Tough and see that day together.”