New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive a Covid-19 vaccine at a church in Harlem, New York on March 17, 2021.
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New York will allow residents 50 and older to get Covid-19 vaccines starting Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday after other densely populated states took steps to vaccinate a larger number of residents as soon as more doses online walk.
“Production is starting. We have spent so many months not having enough. In the next few weeks production of the vaccine will increase,” said Cuomo at a media appearance at the start of New York’s “Roll Up Your Sleeve” campaign. the latest initiative to vaccinate residents fairly.
The campaign aims to work with New York medical professionals to establish more faith-based community vaccination centers starting in April. The effort is aimed at “getting the vaccine into underserved communities and addressing the reluctance of the vaccine by places of worship,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
The Democratic governor welcomed the positive results of AstraZeneca’s major clinical trials, published Monday, which found the company’s vaccine to be 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness and 100% effective against serious illness and hospitalization.
AstraZeneca, which jointly developed the shot with Oxford University, plans to apply for an emergency permit from the US Food and Drug Administration in the first half of April. To date, just over 26% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 13.4% have taken all the necessary shots, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
“We’ll have enough vaccine to vaccinate people. We need to make sure we have the capacity and willingness to take the vaccine,” said Cuomo.
Other states are working to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of qualifying every adult American age 18 and older for a vaccine by May 1. The president previously predicted that the U.S. should have enough supplies by the end of May to vaccinate all adults.
Florida became the last state to begin vaccinating residents aged 50 and over on Monday. Texas extended the eligibility to the age group starting last week.
Cuomo has continued to reopen the state in recent weeks so that New York restaurants can welcome more customers indoors and indoor and outdoor stadiums can accommodate a limited number of fans.
New York reports a 7-day average of 5,915 new Covid-19 cases per day, a decrease of more than 11% from the previous week. This comes from a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As New York’s outbreak improves, New Jerseys appears to be getting worse. New Jersey governor Phil Murphy told CNN on Monday he was likely to suspend plans to reopen the state as Covid-19 cases rise again.
“I suspect we’re not going to develop capacity for some time because of the size of the cases,” Murphy said, adding that he believes things should get better as the weather warms up and more people in the state be vaccinated.
– CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.