All college students returning to in-person instruction at SUNY and CUNY faculties statewide this fall have to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced on Monday, whereas Hofstra College mentioned it will institute the identical requirement starting in September.
Hofstra’s transfer covers all college students besides those that are in totally on-line or distant applications. There shall be a course of for many who wish to search a medical or spiritual exemption, college officers mentioned.
As well as, individuals who get vaccinated at Penn Station and the Hempstead LIRR station in addition to choose New York Metropolis subway areas starting this Wednesday by Sunday will obtain free round-trip LIRR rides on the railroad stations, and MetroCards on the subway stations, as an incentive. They’ll obtain the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccinations shall be accessible on the Hempstead LIRR Station from 3 p.m. to eight p.m. every day.
“Everyone must be doing every little thing they will to get individuals vaccinated,” Cuomo mentioned throughout a briefing in his Manhattan workplace.
Whereas the speed of latest optimistic COVID-19 instances within the state continues to drop, the variety of individuals getting vaccinated has additionally dropped, Cuomo mentioned, mirroring a development throughout the nation.
“Because the vaccination charge goes up, the positivity charge goes down,” he mentioned. “It’s the one international reality that everyone agrees on.”
Cuomo additionally mentioned 50% of ticket gross sales to see the Islanders within the playoffs at Nassau Coliseum shall be bought to vaccinated individuals, who shall be spaced out by three ft.
He added that each one followers shall be required to put on a masks.
The LIRR/subway pilot vaccination program could possibly be adjusted for various days, occasions and areas relying on the response, the governor mentioned.
“We wish to see the way it works,” he mentioned. “It’s by no means been achieved earlier than.”
The pilot program contains 4 subway stations: 179th Avenue, Jamaica in Queens; Broadway Junction in Brooklyn; East a hundred and eightieth Avenue within the Bronx and Coney Island in Brooklyn. Vaccinations shall be accessible from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coney Island, Jamaica and East a hundred and eightieth Avenue and three p.m. to eight p.m. at Broadway Junction.
At Grand Central Terminal, which is a hub for each the subway and Metro-North, pictures shall be accessible at Vanderbilt Corridor from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Penn Station, a hub for subways and the LIRR, pictures shall be accessible on the thirty fourth Avenue hall between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Individuals who get vaccinated at Hempstead and Penn Station will get two free one-ways journeys on the LIRR and those that get vaccinated at one of many subway areas will get a free seven-day MetroCard.
Cuomo mentioned the problem shall be getting extra younger individuals vaccinated in addition to those that are reluctant to get the vaccine as a result of they’re philosophically opposed or do not belief it.
Greater than 9.6 million individuals in New York have obtained at the least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and seven.8 million have been totally vaccinated, Cuomo mentioned.
Based on the CDC, 45.8% of the full U.S. inhabitants has obtained at the least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 34.4% have been totally vaccinated.
The state Division of Well being on Monday confirmed that COVID-19 vaccine appointments in New York at the moment are accessible to any United States residents over the age of 16. The DOH didn’t disclose why it made the change, which went into impact final week.
The slowdown in vaccinations is clear with many appointments are available all through New York. Northwell Well being’s web site on Monday morning had about 1,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments accessible within the state, together with greater than 500 on Lengthy Island. Pharmacy chain CVS listed greater than 40 Lengthy Island areas as having various quantities of appointments accessible.
New York Metropolis will start incentivizing people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 with free tickets to fashionable native points of interest together with Lincoln Heart, the Bronx Zoo or a membership to the Public Theatre, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned Monday.
The trouble comes as the town handed 7 million whole doses of the vaccine administered to New Yorkers. In whole, greater than 3 million residents at the moment are totally vaccinated whereas an extra 800,000 individuals have obtained their first shot, de Blasio mentioned at his every day on-line information briefing.
“It’s extraordinary to see this fixed development,” he mentioned. “Even with challenges individuals preserve popping out and get vaccinated and we’re going to make it simpler and simpler and higher and higher on a regular basis.”
Starting this week, de Blasio mentioned any resident who will get vaccinated within the 5 boroughs will have the ability to obtain a free ticket to native points of interest, together with the New York Metropolis Aquarium, the New York and Brooklyn botanical backyard, a trip on the New York Metropolis ferry or tickets to a Brooklyn Cyclones or NYCFC soccer sport.
Particulars of the promotion shall be introduced this week, mentioned de Blasio, including that there aren’t any quick plans to offer money incentives in change for vaccinations.
The town’s COVID an infection charge on a 7-day common dropped to 2% for the primary time since Nov. 2, de Blasio mentioned. Hospitalizations dropped to 88 sufferers citywide Saturday whereas new instances declined to 799, he mentioned.
New York Metropolis, de Blasio mentioned, can also be making ready for the FDA’s anticipated approval this week of the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 12 to fifteen. Officers mentioned the vaccine shall be accessible to this age group in any respect metropolis websites distributing the Pfizer vaccine.
The town can also be working with native pediatricians to manage the vaccine though there isn’t a quick plan to open public faculties as vaccination pods, mentioned Well being Commissioner David Chokshi.
The mayor Monday additionally introduced that the entire metropolis’s public libraries are open in individual for the general public. The town’s public libraries closed final March through the begin of the pandemic however till Monday had not restored full in-person service.
“That is one other a type of turning level moments to have the libraries open for everybody,” de Blasio mentioned.