New York City hit a major milestone in its vaccination campaign this week. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, 75 percent of all adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. “This is a big, big deal,” the mayor said on Thursday. “This is the kind of number we want to see.” The city’s vaccination rate is slightly above the nationwide percentage of adults vaccinated, which is 72.3 percent with at least one dose.
The city has seen a significant increase in New Yorkers signing up for their first shot following new vaccine mandates issued by the city, including mandatory vaccinations or tests for all city employees and indoor activities for those vaccinated only, as well as incentives.
Since de Blasio rolled out a new program three weeks ago offering $100 to every New Yorker who received their first shot at a city-run site, over 80,000 residents have rolled up their sleeves. According to city officials, roughly 95 percent of New Yorkers return for their second shot after receiving their first. As of Thursday, 68 percent of adults in New York are fully vaccinated.
“Today for the first time, 75 percent of all adults in New York City have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” Dr. Ted Long, the executive director of the city’s Test & Trace Corps, said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“It’s obviously the highest number we’ve reached, but we just reached that number today, showing that we’re already seeing an uptick in terms of the overall numbers across New York City.”
While the citywide vaccination rate is higher than the national average, racial disparities in vaccination across New York persist. As of Thursday, city data shows that only 38 percent of Black New Yorkers of all ages have received at least one dose of the vaccine citywide, compared to 78 percent of Asian residents, 52 percent of Hispanic New Yorkers, and 50 percent of white residents.
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