Vaccine Changes for New York State
Today, Governor Cuomo announced the federal government will increase the state’s vaccine allocation by an additional 5%, which is expected to last three weeks. In addition, the federal government will direct additional vaccines to sites that currently act as federally qualified community health centers. This allocation will continue to be counted separately from the States existing federal allocations.
With a continued push for the centralized collection and administration of the States vaccine allocation, the Governor plans to collect and redistribute unused second doses that remain after the federally mandated time period of 42 days back to the State’s general allocation count. Further, the Department of Health plans to reallocate unused vaccines that remain at the conclusion of the federal nursing home vaccination program to the States general allocation.
Gatherings of Up to 150 People
The Governor indicated that guidance for gatherings of up to 150 people could be expected next week.
New York State COVID-19 Numbers
The statewide positivity rate yesterday was 5.12%. There were 7,875 hospitalized individuals yesterday, an increase of 175 patients hospitalized since yesterday. There were 138 COVID-19 deaths in New York State yesterday.