NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Metropolis is beginning a brand new effort to get college students, mother and father and employees vaccinated forward of the upcoming college yr.
The mayor’s workplace mentioned the websites had been fastidiously chosen based mostly on their places and college students’ age eligibility. They are going to be open via August 13.
“We’re going to go actually intensely right into a give attention to our younger folks, and also you’ll see increasingly within the lead as much as college beginning in September,” Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned Friday.
The mayor’s workplace mentioned 44% of 12 to 17-year-olds who reside within the metropolis have already acquired their first dose.
“That’s for a gaggle of those that have solely been eligible for about 9 or ten weeks,” de Blasio mentioned.
Beginning Monday, COVID vaccines might be made accessible at sure Summer Rising websites. Finally, they are going to be dispersed at 25 places in all 5 boroughs.
“Actually anybody who goes out and will get vaccinated proper now could be going to have a vaccine that protects them via the autumn and the winter,” mentioned former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
With an even bigger surge in instances anticipated as college students return to highschool within the fall, Dr. Gottlieb mentioned Pfizer plans to check a decrease dose of vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.
“The FDA lately indicated that it’s unlikely to be accessible earlier than mid-winter, as a result of I consider that the FDA is more likely to require 4 to 6 months of follow-up of the kids concerned within the scientific trial.”
This comes because the vaccination fee is slowing down and there’s a so-called “summer season surge” in instances. In New York State, new instances have greater than doubled within the final week — from 823 folks testing optimistic on July 18 to 1,982 simply six days later.
The seven-day common of latest instances nationwide has elevated almost 50%, fueled partly by the extremely infectious Delta variant.
“We’re going within the unsuitable route,” Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned. “It’s actually an outbreak among the many unvaccinated.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 49% of Individuals are vaccinated, however the group is actively contemplating recommending even those that are put on masks in public, since they will nonetheless get a much less extreme case of COVID and probably cross it on.
Again in New York Metropolis, the faculties chancellor encourages all households to get their eligible children their first dose by August 9, so they’re totally vaccinated by the beginning of the college yr.