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Walk-in COVID shots given to NYC residents, workers 50 and older, mayor's office says

A registered nurse gives Maria Hernandez, left, of

A registered nurse gives Maria Hernandez, left, of Manhattan, the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination site at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in February. Credit: AP / Mary Altaffer

Walk-in coronavirus vaccinations with no appointment necessary are now available for New York City residents and workers who are age 50 or older, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced Saturday.

The announcement expands a service, now at 31 city-run locations, that's been offered since late March to those 75 and older.

The expansion comes despite there being one fewer type of shot available nationwide: on Tuesday, a "pause" was implemented on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of a rare clotting disorder developed in at least 1 out of 7 million recipients. The other two U.S.-approved vaccines, by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, remain available in New York and beyond.

So far, 5 million shots have been given in the city at 600 locations, de Blasio said Thursday. His goal: 5 million fully vaccinated New Yorkers by June. Statewide, 13 million shots have been given, according to a news release Saturday afternoon from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office.

The city runs locations through its health department and public hospital system.

Those who are younger than 50 can make appointments at city-run locations by visiting nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or calling 877-VAX-4-NYC. There are also appointments available at state-run locations via https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and through private providers.

Late Saturday morning, Cuomo’s office released figures showing that on several metrics, New York State’s pandemic conditions are improving, but according to federal government statistics, the state is still faring worse than much of the United States, including places that have dropped mandates like masking.

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In June, Cuomo said, "When this started, we had more cases per capita than any state in the country ... we have done a full 180, from worst to first. We are controlling the virus better than any state in the country and any nation on the globe."

On Saturday, his office said about 3.03% of people tested for the coronavirus in the state were infected, based on a seven-day average. On Long Island, the figure was 3.38% and in New York City it was 3.21%, with Western New York having the state’s highest rate: 5.25%.

On Friday, 58 New Yorkers died of COVID-19, including five in Nassau County and one in Suffolk, according to the office.

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped 3 million people Saturday, The Associated Press reported. That number exceeds the populations of Nassau and Suffolk counties, which had an estimated 2.8 million people in 2019, according to the U.S. Census.

In New York, Cuomo's office said, there were 3,834 hospitalizations.

According to the latest available statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New York has the most reported people hospitalized for COVID-19 — more than each of the more-populous states of Florida, Texas and California.

And according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the per capita rates of infection and death from the coronavirus are lower in a majority of other states and territories than in New York.

Although New York has more people in the hospital than runner-up Michigan, which has the nation's worst per capita infection rate, that state's population is less than half New York's.

GETTING COVID-19 VACCINES IN NY

Who qualifies for COVID-19 shots?

The State of New York has expended its eligibility list for vaccines against COVID-19 several times, expanding the groups of people included in the phases. This is a summary of the eligible groups. The following are the qualifying categories, as revised on March 29.

Group in Phase 1A

The state said about 2.1 million state residents belong in this group, including:

  • Health care workers at hospitals who interact with patients.
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Dentists, psychologists and others deemed health care workers with direct contact with patients.
  • Employees of Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • EMT volunteers and staff.
  • Coroners, medical examiners, some funeral workers.
  • Staff and residents of state facilities for people with developmental disabilities, mental health care and addiction services.
  • Employees at urgent care centers.
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff.
  • Staff at ambulatory centers.
  • Home care and hospice workers.
  • Residents and staff at other congregate care facilities.

Group in Phase 1B

The state estimated about 3.2 million residents belong in this group, including:

  • People 75 years of age and older.
  • Teachers and education workers, including in-person college instructors, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, support staff, contractors in schools and bus drivers.
  • First responders, including police; firefighters; state police; sheriff’s offices; county, town and village police departments, and other law enforcement offices.
  • Public safety workers, including dispatchers and technicians.
  • Public transit workers, including airport, railroad, subway, bus, ferry and Port Authority employees.
  • Corrections officers.
  • Other sworn and civilian personnel, such as court and peace officers.
  • Grocery store workers dealing with the public.
  • Individuals living in homeless shelters.

Following federal recommendations:

Added at the discretion of local governments:

  • Taxi drivers.
  • Restaurant workers.
  • Residents of facilities for developmentally disabled people.
  • Hotel workers who interact with the public.

Other expansions of eligibility:

  • State residents age 60 and older (Since March 10, 2021).
  • “Public-facing” government and public employees (Since March 17, 2021).
  • Workers for not-for-profit organizations who provide “public-facing” services (Since March 17, 2021).
  • Building service workers who are “public-facing” employees (Since March 17, 2021).
  • State residents age 50 and older (Since March 23, 2021).

Since March 30, 2021:

Since April 6, 2021:

SOURCE: New York State, Northwell Health.

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The walk-in locations where New York City residents and workers 50 and older can get vaccinated are:

BRONX

  • Bronx Co-Op City Dreiser Community Center
  • Northeast Bronx YMCA (Edenwald)
  • South Bronx Educational Campus
  • West Bronx Gymnasium
  • Lehman College - Apex Center
  • Bathgate Contract Postal Station

BROOKLYN

  • Coney Island YMCA
  • Teachers Prep High School
  • Starrett City
  • Flatbush YMCA
  • Bushwick Educational Campus
  • Event Space at City Point
  • Brooklyn Army Terminal

MANHATTAN

  • Ford Foundation
  • NFL Experience Times Square
  • Yeshiva University
  • City College
  • Essex Crossing
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Fulton Senior Community Center/Hudson Guild

QUEENS

  • Modell's - Queens Center
  • Korean Community Services
  • Beach Channel Educational Campus
  • Long Island City Vaccine Site (Plaxall)
  • Queens Public Library - Flushing Library
  • Queens Public Library - Ozone
  • CitiField

STATEN ISLAND

  • Former Babies R Us - Staten Island Mall
  • Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
  • Empire Outlets
  • St. Thomas St. Joseph's School

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