All New Yorkers, 16 and Over, Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination
ALBANY COUNTY – On Tuesday, as President Joe Biden announced that the universal COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date moves forward from May 1 to April 19, New York State was already there.
Tuesday marked the first day any New Yorker 16 or older would be eligible for the vaccination. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a “Vaccinate NY” advertising campaign that will air on television, radio, online and in print media statewide.
Biden said new variants are spreading and we are in a “race for life and death with this virus” as new vaccines are rolled out.
Nationwide, more than 2 million shots per day are administered as, over the past two weeks, the United States has seen a 20% increase in new cases of COVID-19.
As of Tuesday evening, 41.1% of Albany County’s 307,117 residents had received at least one first shot. Albany County Director Daniel McCoy said in a statement Tuesday morning that 26.8% of residents in the county have completed a series of vaccines.
Statewide, 33.8% of New Yorkers have had at least one shot while 21.2% have completed a streak, according to the state vaccine tracker.
Meanwhile, Albany County’s infection rate on Monday, as a seven-day moving average, was 2.4%, according to the state. dashboard.
Statewide, the infection rate, also as of Monday, as a seven-day moving average, was 3.6%.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trackerThe level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Albany County was at its worst – high – Tuesday night. Most states are classified as “high”, as are 37% of counties nationwide.
Help for restaurants
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer on Tuesday announced from an Amsterdam grill that restaurants in the state were eligible for their own federal pandemic relief through the US bailout.
Schumer said he was pushing the Small Business Association to get the new program up and running quickly.
“Even with the 75% capacity rules that began on March 19, restaurants in the Capital region, their employees, and the regional economy as a whole still need immediate federal help to tackle COVID,” because too many places we know and love could close without the help, leaving a giant hole in our local economy, ”said Schumer.
At the height of the pandemic, the New York State Restaurants Association estimated that 80% of restaurant workers were out of work and one in six restaurants were closing.
The association report points out that New York has done worse than the rest of the country: more than half of New York’s restaurants – 54% – said they likely wouldn’t survive the next six months without federal help. This compares to 37% of restaurants nationwide.
Food or beverage establishments, including caterers, breweries, taprooms and tasting rooms, that are not part of an affiliated group with more than 20 locations, will be eligible. Grants from the fund can be used alongside Paycheck Protection Program 1 and 2 Loans, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance, and Payroll Retention Tax Credit. employees.
The maximum grant amount is $ 10 million per restaurant group and $ 5 million per individual restaurant.
Monument to essential workers
Cuomo on Tuesday announced members of a committee to advise on the design of a monument “honoring the service and sacrifice” of essential workers, to be built in New York City.
He made the announcement at the Javits Center which had served the city as a makeshift hospital during the spring COVID-19 outbreak.
Cuomo recalled giving the stay home order, shutting down schools and businesses to keep New Yorkers safe, which he said was his toughest decision.
“Do you know what was the next sentence from my mouth?” Except you, essential workers. We need you to go to work, ”Cuomo recalled. “Everyone can stay home and be safe, but not you, the essential worker. We need you to leave your house because we need you to keep society stable. “
“We are judged as an enlightened society, as a humane society, by the way we help those who need our help most,” said Mario Cilento, president of the AFL-CIO of New York State. who sits on the memorial advisory committee.
“This memorial is a tribute to the humanity shown by these brave men and women. The human standard they left for all of us now to move forward – that’s why it’s so important, ”Cilento said at the Javits Center event. “This is the example they set for all of us.”