And health experts say the most vulnerable are the unvaccinated, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported on Thursday.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are all in the top 10 for vaccination. However, the area is seeing an increase in hospitalizations, in New York rising from 340 to 483 within a week, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports.
“We’re seeing a small increase, but that doesn’t mean a week from now or two weeks from now, there won’t be,” said Michael Israel, CEO of Westchester Medical Center. greater gains,” said Michael Israel, CEO of Westchester Medical Center.
In the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his frustration with the delayed vaccination. This week, he is required to vaccinate or test the city hospital staff.
“I’m giving a FOMO warning, unless you want to spend the rest of your life saying, ‘Oh my God, I missed it,'” de Blasio said.
The mayor is pulling out all stops to push people to take pictures, play for fear of missing out on concerts and events the city is planning. He simply said you have to have the vaccine.
“You should go to New York City in August, where great things happen during the week of going home,” says de Blasio.
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But it seems the mayor is ready to use the carrot and stick approach if he has to.
“I mean, this is crazy. Vaccination. It’s just… it’s time to take a strong, assertive approach,” he said.
Just what does that mean? This week, he asked city hospital and health clinic workers for vaccinations or tests once a week, but on Thursday he was asked if he would extend powers to other agencies such as NYPD or not.
“We will talk about next steps in the coming days,” de Blasio said, adding, “Now I tell the NYPD and every other agency, everyone has to do better. Everyone has to do better. We must go further. We’ll look at different ways to do that. “
The mayor is getting angry at first responders who say they don’t necessarily need the vaccine because they’ve had it. COVID and there are antibodies.
“This is the category that helps me have a relaxing vacation. When do people get their medical degrees? Yes, I’m sick of people in armchairs who say they know more than doctors. With all due respect, it’s a free country. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but give me a break. Listen to the doctors who have protected you and saved the lives of your family and your community,” de Blasio said.
About 70% of adults in New York have had at least one dose of the vaccine, but some neighborhoods are still below 50%, and that’s where the city is hoping to target.
CBS2’s Tony Aiello contributed to this report.