The variety of New York City residents getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has plummeted by two-thirds in current weeks — though simply half of eligible residents have gotten a shot to date, Health Department data shows.
Just 136,710 people who find themselves age 16 or older bought their first shot of one of many three accessible vaccines over probably the most lately accomplished week, which stretches from April 25 and May 1.
That’s down a staggering 67 p.c from the all-time excessive of 410,917 individuals who bought their first coronavirus jab in New York City through the week that spanned from April 4 to April 10.
The Big Apple’s total vaccine tallies have but to mirror the massive slowdown in first doses due to the numerous numbers of second doses which were handed out in current weeks.
All informed, there have been 450,226 second doses doled out during the last two accomplished weeks, in comparison with 338,467 first jabs, the data shows.
Two of the three at present accredited vaccines — from Pfizer and Moderna — come in two-dose regimes. The third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, requires only one shot, nonetheless the corporate has struggled to ramp up provide.
Overall, 55 p.c of grownup metropolis residents have gotten no less than one shot to date.
Empire state residents age 16 to 29 first became eligible for the vaccine April 6. Just 18.5 p.c of these 16 to 25 in the state are actually totally vaccinated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday as he urged extra younger individuals to get the shot. The FDA will reportedly greenlight the Pfizer vaccine for these age 12-15 quickly.
The drop-off in New Yorkers coming in for his or her first dose corresponds to a nationwide slowdown in the vaccination effort, with many nonetheless hesitant about getting the jabs.
The Big Apple’s Health Department is already spending as much as $8 million a month on a public service promoting marketing campaign to tout the vaccine’s advantages in the 5 boroughs. City Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi, has despatched letters to docs throughout town urging them to contact their sufferers who’ve but to be vaccinated and assuage their fears.
And metropolis and state officers lately moved to allow walk-up appointments at publicly-run vaccine websites throughout town to beat the difficulties of utilizing their often-vexing on-line sign-up methods.
Despite the efforts, City Hall’s vaccination marketing campaign continues to lag particularly amongst black adults — with simply 30 p.c having acquired a shot to date, the data shows.
White New Yorkers have gotten vaccinated at a a lot sooner charge, with 49 p.c having acquired no less than one jab.
Manhattan is town’s most vaccinated borough, with 64 p.c of residents over 18 having acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine.
The Bronx and Brooklyn are the 2 least vaccinated, the place simply 46 and 49 p.c of adults have acquired no less than one shot.
The Post’s evaluation tallied each the primary jabs of the two-dose inoculations and the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.
“Vaccination doesn’t increase at the same pace. Once more people become fully vaccinated, the pace of first dose administration will naturally wane,” mentioned Health Department spokesman Michael Lanza.
“The effort however, is going full steam and we continue to engage more partners, distribute vaccine at more convenient locations and expand opportunities to New Yorkers.”