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100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in NYC last week — De Blasio

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Moses Kuwema

Over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in New York City last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday, surpassing the City's initial benchmark goal. 

This comes as New Yorkers 75 or older and frontline essential workers such as teachers and education workers, childcare staff, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit workers are now eligible to get the free COVID-19 vaccine. 

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A or 1B can reserve their appointment by calling 877 – VAX – 4NYC  or visiting nyc.gov/VaccineFinder.

“Vaccine Finder is a one-stop shop where eligible New Yorkers can find the closest vaccine provider to them and book an appointment with one click of a button,” said Mayor de Blasio. 

“That means the COVID-19 will be safe, free, and easy to get for all New Yorkers. If you are eligible, please call 877 – VAX – 4NYC or visit nyc.gov/VaccineFinder to reserve your appointment today," he added. 

New Yorkers can now make their vaccine appointments using the City’s Vaccine Finder, launched Sunday, which aggregates all vaccination locations open to the eligible public citywide into a single, accessible five-borough network, including:City-run sites, like  the NYC Vaccine Hubs and 24/7 the City has opened and continues to open, 
as well as private provider locations, not run by the City, but accessible to eligible individuals for appointments.

This tool allows New Yorkers to access the vaccine however works for them, at locations they know and trust in their own communities. 

Eligible New Yorkers who wish to make an appointment over the phone can do so by calling 877 – VAX – 4NYC between the hours of 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, seven days a week.

Phase 1A priority groups also continue to be eligible for vaccines including healthcare workers and staff with direct patient contact, emergency responders, staff at COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations, home health aides, and long-term care staff and residents, among others.

“As more New Yorkers become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine all the time, New York City is expanding the number of sites where New Yorkers  can go to get vaccinated citywide––and making it easier to find a  convenient site near you and reserve an appointment, “ said Deputy Mayor Melanie Hartzog. 

“For those eligible New Yorkers in Phase1B, including essential workers like teachers and first responders who’ve been on  the frontlines of this crisis since the outset, make your vaccination appointment  today! It is safe, easy, and free.”

“To eligible New Yorkers—including healthcare heroes, people 75 and older, educators, and first responders—the vaccine is coming to a site near you,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. 

“Go to the finder to make an appointment today. A vaccination will help you protect yourself, your community and your city from COVID-19.”

And the COVID-19 indicators for Sunday had 247 new hospitalizations, 4,904 new cases representing an 8.18 percent positivity rate for the seven-day average.

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