Coronavirus Update: 12% of New York City Children Are Vaccinated, Says Mayor Bill de Blasio

NEW YORK (WABC) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is encouraging the City’s efforts to immunize young children.

The mayor said 12% of city children aged 5 to 11 had received their first shot.

This figure is 2% higher than the national average.

The mayor credits such efforts as school pop-up websites.

De Blasio told WNYC: “We’ve had a very good start with vaccinations for our youngest New Yorkers and a lot of this has been in school vaccinations and it’s going to continue. “.

The city began hosting pop-up vaccination sites at charter schools.

Starting November 30, immunization sites will return to other public schools to administer both the first and second doses of the vaccine.

Here are today’s COVID-19 headlines:

Cuomo misrepresented COVID-19 nursing home phone number, report says
New York congressional investigation into former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s conduct while in office concludes the Democratic administration misrepresented the number of nursing home residents who have died from COVID-19, according to a lawmaker who reviewed the committee’s still-secret report. Congressman Phil Steck is among members of the Council’s Judiciary Committee, who can review a copy of the roughly 45-page report on Thursday and Friday before it is released to the public. possibly next week.

US buys drug Pfizer worth $5.29 billion
The US government has said it will buy 10 million courses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill, if that drug is approved by the FDA. The government will pay $5.29 billion for the experimental pill, in its largest-ever sale for a coronavirus treatment. Pfizer asked the FDA for an emergency authorization earlier this week. Officials are also looking at a competing drug from Merck.

FDA approves additional dose of COVID vaccine for all adults, last hurdle ahead
US regulators on Friday open COVID-19 booster shot for all adults, extending the government’s campaign to increase protections and respond to increased coronavirus cases that could worsen over the holidays. Pfizer and Moderna announced the Food and Drug Administration’s decision after at least 10 states have begun making boosters available to all adults. The latest action simplifies what has so far been a confusing list of who’s eligible by allowing anyone 18 or older to choose the company’s booster six months after their last dose. their own – regardless of which vaccines they received first.

Christmas trees may be more expensive, harder to find due to supply chain issues
Christmas trees are a holiday staple, but industry experts say inflation is only part of the reason why your first Christmas tree and tree will be more expensive and harder to find This year. The American Christmas Tree Association cited higher lumber, truck and fuel prices amid ongoing global supply chain problems, caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic. Even the man-made trees are feeling the pinch, and some big sellers say they’re racking up double-digit prices.

“We’re going to have to raise prices,” said Balsam Hill CEO Mac Harman. “For trees, it will be about 20% taller than average.”

Hochul urges workers to return to NYC office by 2022
Governor of New York Hochul urge workers in the city to return to their offices for the new year, with hybrid options. She said she will be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve to drop the ball “into a whole new year. I can’t wait to put 2020-2021 behind us.” But with the new year and its celebrations it’s time to get back to work in city offices, she said.

“Get back to work, we miss you,” she told industry leaders at the Better Breakfast Association in New York on Thursday morning. “What about this New Year’s resolution, in the days after New Year’s, where we say everyone goes back to the office. You can have flexible times, but we need you back, at least. is most of the week. Come back to New Yorkers, we miss you. And we’ll do our part.”

Disney cruises will require passengers ages 5 and up to be vaccinated starting January 1
Disney Cruise Line announces that all passengers aged 5 and over must be immunized against COVID-19 starting in January, expanded its mandate to include children currently eligible for immunization in the United States. Claims will begin January 13, 2022, the company said. Children under the age of 5 must present proof of a negative test result 3 days to 24 hours before departure, and children aged 5-11 can complete the screening requirements to board the flight before the date of departure. January 13.
“As we return to sea, the health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and Crew members comes first. Our focus remains on operating our ships the way they do. has a responsibility to continue to create miracles for everyone on board,” Disney Cruise Line said in a statement.

2022 United Airlines NYC Half will return with 25,000 runners
The New York Road Runners on Thursday announced the highly anticipated tournament the return of United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. After being canceled in 2020 and not held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race will return to full scale with a projected field of 25,000 runners on March 20, 2022. The event, one of the organization’s signature races taking a 13.1-mile run from Brooklyn to Manhattan, will mark the first NYRR race to return to the traditional road scale.

“In early March 2020, the United Airlines NYC Half was one of the first mass sporting events to be canceled during the outbreak of the pandemic,” said NYRR CEO Kerin Hempel. “We are extremely excited for the glorious return of this famous race. It will reflect the vitality of our city and serve as a pivotal moment as we bring our races to life. I’m back to full scale.”

Fauci says vaccinated families can ‘feel good’ about getting together during the holidays
If you and your family are immunized against COVID-19, the White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci are advocating for holiday gatherings. Fauci warned that cases are still high, so people should wear masks when out in the community and around groups of people indoors.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “If you get vaccinated and your family is vaccinated, you can feel comfortable enjoying Thanksgiving, the typical Christmas with your family. close family and friends”. Monday hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center. “But when you’re with your family at home, well, enjoy it with your parents, children, grandparents. There’s no reason not to do it.”

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