New Jersey extends vaccine eligibility to all ages 16 and over; New York loosens COVID curfew for restaurants – NBC New York
What there is to know
- New York is extending its indoor food service curfew statewide on Mondays from 11 a.m. to midnight; catered events can also last an hour longer, until 1 a.m. instead of midnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said
- Monday marks President Joe Biden’s deadline for all states to universally open access to vaccines to residents aged 16 and over
- New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have each fully immunized over a quarter of their respective populations; Nationally, more than 32% of U.S. adults aged 18 and over have completed their streak
New Jersey makes all of its residents aged 16 and over eligible for the vaccine on Monday, the same day, all states in the United States must do so to meet the deadline previously announced by President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, New York is extending its indoor service curfews for restaurants and catering events by an hour each – the latest stages of a gradual reopening as state hospitalizations drop below 3,760, the lowest that they have been since the end of November.
New York and Connecticut moved earlier this month to open vaccine eligibility for the 16-and-over group, a latest major expansion that saw a few hiccups in its early days but appears to have smoothed out since.
In New York City, the insane crush on new vaccine recipients collapsing on appointment systems in the early stages of deployment appears to have subsided – to the point that the mayor said over the weekend that anyone aged 50 and over could now enter a ruled city. vaccination center and get dosed, no prior schedule required. Until then, this option was only available to people aged 75 and over (and on fewer sites).
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A number of city-run programs, including its initiatives for homebound seniors and mobile buses, had to be halted last week due to the federal government’s sudden recommendation that states suspend the administration of Johnson & Johnson injections after half a dozen reports of rare blood clots in women. , one of them fatal. Nearly 7 million doses of J&J had been administered nationwide before that, most with no reported side effects or mild.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had described the hiatus as a “huge curve” earlier last week, one that forced the city to find Moderna or Pfizer alternatives for up to 4,000 J&J appointments per day, but fell apart. committed to maintaining rapid deployment. On Friday, the city established a new one-day immunization record, administering more than 106,500 vaccines in 24 hours. And the J&J break could end soon.
The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday the government would likely give states the green light to resume single-dose vaccine use as early as this week. Some broader restrictions or warnings may apply. CDC advisers are expected to meet on Friday to discuss their findings.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was the last of three to receive federal emergency use authorization, accounted for a much lower proportion of vaccinations in the United States than either Pfizer or Moderna. Only Pfizer is approved for emergencies for people aged 16 and 17. The company is also seeking federal approval to roll out its two-dose regimen for people ages 12 to 15. It is not known when this could happen.
In New Jersey, only 4 percent of the more than 6 million doses of vaccine administered to date have been Johnson & Johnson. On Monday, the state fully vaccinated nearly 28% of its population, while 42.5% received at least one dose.
After stopping the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday for safety reasons, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday that instead of being evidence of a rushed or inadequate vaccination schedule, the response of the FDA and CDC proved that the system was working efficiently. Responding to the potential increase in vaccine reluctance, Fauci said, “The fact that after the [emergency use authorization], we have continued to monitor very carefully any possibility of an adverse event… should reinforce in these people how we take safety so seriously. ”
Gov. Phil Murphy has said he has confidence in all of the federal government’s recommendations for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine going forward.
De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, who both received this single-dose regimen last month, agree. Overall, elected officials and health experts across the country are telling Americans that serious side effects are rare and that the threat of COVID-19 infection itself far outweighs any risk. potential to get vaccinated.
In New York City, 25.3% of the population is fully vaccinated, while over 39% is fully vaccinated. Statewide, these figures are 28.1% and 41.4%, respectively. Half of American adults received at least one dose on Monday, according to CDC data. Almost a third are fully vaccinated.
The ratio is significantly higher for Americans aged 65 and over, of whom nearly 66% may report a series of vaccinations completed.
Authorities attribute the rollout of the vaccine to lower hospitalization and death rates among older and more vulnerable adults in the United States. A similar trend is evident at the local level. In New York City, the average hospital admissions rate for COVID-like illness among people aged 65 and over has declined 51% since mid-January, compared with 29% for those under 65, reported the health commissioner said last week.
Experts hope that above-average hospitalization trends among younger, generally healthy people, who were among the last to be prioritized in vaccine rollout, will follow a similar path as more and more Americans in their twenties and thirties will get vaccinated.
The governor of New York has long described the vaccine as “the weapon that will win the war against COVID-19.” While he acknowledges the war is far from won, Cuomo has taken a series of steps he describes as science-based reopening measures that protect public health while beginning to revive the economy by plagued by the pandemic at the same time.
The next small steps in this course will take effect Monday when restaurants are allowed to serve indoors until midnight, an hour later than Cuomo’s previous curfew. Catering events are now allowed to continue indoors until 1 a.m. instead of midnight.
Later this week, spectators can return to horse and car racing at 20% capacity. Participants in the event must show proof of a recent negative test or a completed series of vaccinations before registering for a racing event. Another basic COVID protocol also applies.
Statewide positivity and death rates have fallen dramatically in New York City since the peak in mid-January. New York’s seven-day average positivity rate fell below 3% for the first time since Nov. 24, while Cuomo reported 35 new COVID-19 deaths in New York on Saturday, the lowest daily toll since November 22. the country’s highest average daily totals of new cases, but that number has also dropped significantly – from a seven-day average of more than 16,600 new infections reported daily in mid-January to around 6,000 last week.
“New York is making huge strides in our goal of vaccinating all New Yorkers while keeping infection and hospitalization rates low, but variants of the virus remain a concern statewide,” Cuomo said in a statement Sunday. “It will take everyone working together, as individuals and within communities, to protect each other and defeat this virus once and for all. Until we get there, we have to stay. vigilant and continue to adopt the behaviors we know to slow the spread – washing your hands, staying socially distanced and wearing a mask. “