State COVID-19 Vaccine Spots For Newly Eligible Group Will Go Live Sunday, Cuomo Says


Because the reported positivity charges for COVID-19 proceed declining throughout New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced folks with qualifying medical situations who’re eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine can begin reserving appointments Sunday morning on the state’s large-scale vaccination websites.

Appointments for folks with the listed comorbidities or well being situations on the state’s checklist will turn into out there 8 a.m. Sunday on the state’s screening web site, with slots launched on a rolling foundation over the following few weeks, Cuomo mentioned Saturday.

To show eligibility, folks can submit a health care provider’s letter, medical info that demonstrates comorbidities, or “signed certification” although it was not instantly clear what the state will settle for for this class.

The state runs a number of native vaccination websites together with the Javits Heart and the Aqueduct Racetrack, in addition to Jones Seashore, Stony Brook and Westchester County Heart. The state has doled out 90% of its first dosage allocation from the federal authorities as of Saturday, Cuomo mentioned.

The state’s seven-day common positivity charge was 3.9%, the governor additionally mentioned Saturday — the bottom for the reason that Thanksgiving vacation.

New York Metropolis’s seven-day common positivity charge was 4.63% by the state’s calculations, although Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced Saturday by the town’s calculations the seven-day common was at a 7.53% positivity charge (learn extra about why the state and metropolis have completely different metrics to report positivity charges).

There have been 125 deaths within the state reported Friday, together with 17 folks within the Bronx, 22 in Brooklyn, 12 in Manhattan, 15 in Queens and two folks on Staten Island.

There have been 6,888 folks hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, a decline of 180 sufferers from Thursday. Of these hospitalized sufferers, 1,328 sufferers had been in intensive care items within the state, a decline of 30 folks from Thursday. Of these in ICUs, 908 folks had been intubated, a decline of 33 sufferers from Thursday.

Cuomo mentioned there have been 11 extra instances of the more-contagious variant first present in the UK reported Friday, together with eight instances within the metropolis. This brings the entire variety of instances of these contaminated with the variant to 70.

“Hospitalization and an infection charges are persevering with to fall statewide and New Yorkers needs to be counseled for all their laborious work and sacrifice which helped make this a actuality,” Cuomo mentioned in a launch Saturday.