According to the governor, between 70 and 90% of New Yorkers need to be vaccinated for immunization to be effective.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged this Sunday to multiply all necessary actions to accelerate the vaccination process throughout New York State.
“I am committed to racial and social justice in the distribution of this vaccine. Race or income will not determine who lives or who dies, ”Cuomo said in a Prerecorded speech broadcast at the Harlem Abyssinian Baptist Church where he insisted that New Yorkers continue to wear face masks and be vigilant about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Cuomo’s reaction is seen as a response to criticism he received over the weekend that New York is not having a vaccination rate commensurate with the severity of the proportion of cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracker, New York has administered vaccines to 723 people per 100,000, a rate of about 14% compared to the rate of Florida, which has so far immunized at a rate of 823 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Cuomo promised in his message that he will ensure that the distribution of the vaccine is equitable. Additionally, he said he has no plans to receive the vaccine until it is available to black, Hispanic and poor communities across the state.
“Until the vaccine is available in the South Bronx and the East Side of Buffalo, and Wyandanch, and South Jamaica, and Edgerton and East Utica, our work is not done. We are doing our part, but you have to do yours. We must all have faith and trust in the vaccine, and we must have generosity of soul, ”said Cuomo.
The governor said 70 to 90% of New Yorkers need to get vaccinated to be effective.
“No one is safe unless everyone is safe. The year 2021 promises to be better, but everything will depend on what we do. The new year presents challenges for which we must also live up to ”, highlighted the first state executive.
Cuomo urged residents to be diligent to stop the spread of COVID-19. “I also understand the fatigue caused by the virus like anyone else, but we cannot get tired. If we tire before the enemy, the enemy wins. It’s that simple, ”he stressed.
On the other hand, the governor revealed the figures of the pandemic in the state until this weekend. With 7,963 patient hospitalizations, 1,344 ICU patients; of which 815 are intubated. The statewide positivity rate was 7.98%, while 138 COVID-19 deaths occurred in New York state on Saturday, totaling 30,476 deaths so far from the pandemic.
“One of our most pressing challenges, along with maintaining our diligence to stop the spread of the virus, will be to ensure that the vaccine is available fairly,” Governor Cuomo said. “COVID has exposed many of the injustices that exist in our society, especially that racism is, without a doubt, a public health crisis. The data has continued to show that despite the higher infection and death rates in Black and Latino communities, the tests have remained more widely available in white communities, ”Cuomo said.
The governor added that he refuses to accept that race or income determines who lives and who dies in New York. So, he said, “as we work to break down barriers and ensure access to vaccines for everyone, you will not take the vaccine until it is available to your age group in black, Hispanic and poor communities across the state.”