State Vaccination Allocation Increases
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the weekly supply of vaccines that are allocated to New York State from the federal government will now be increased by 20% over what we were getting at the start of the year. This increase will commence next week and is expected to last for the next three weeks.
With this expansion in the anticipated number of vaccines, Governor Cuomo is granting local Departments of Health the flexibility to add taxi/Uber drivers, restaurant workers and developmentally disabled facilities to vaccine prioritization group 1B.
As of today, 1,414,241 first doses have been administered and 321,204 second doses have been administered in New York State.
In addition to the increase the State will see, the federal government will begin to increase its supply to private pharmacies by 10% of what the state receives. In New York’s case this would be roughly 30,000 more vaccines coming into the State each week.
New York City
- Mayor de Blasio announced today that he would be taking advantage of Governor Cuomo’s recent expansion in eligibility for those in the 1B vaccine prioritization classification and would be allowing taxi/Uber drivers, restaurant workers and developmentally disabled facilities to be vaccinated.
- The Mayor also announced the Open restaurants program reopened today at 3pm.
- Today there is a Special Election for NYC Council District 24 in Queens, which was formerly held by former State Assemblymember and Councilmember Rory Lancman.
The District includes Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica.
This will be the first election that uses Ranked Choice Voting. Please click here to learn more about Rank Choice Voting, which voters chose via a 2019 ballot measure.
- NYC Restaurant Week TO GO continues through the end of the month. During this time you can order takeout or delivery lunch or dinner from participating NYC restaurants for $20.21.
New York State COVID-19 Numbers
The statewide positivity rate yesterday was 4.95% on a seven day average with 8,067 hospitalizations, an increase of 64 people over the previous day. There were 146 COVID-19 deaths in New York State yesterday.