After the first vaccination in the US and New York was successfully administered on ICU nurse Sandra Lindsay at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers that authorities would not be going lax in their approach towards coronavirus restrictions even with the arrival of the vaccines.
As cases surge in the state and indoor dining has once again hit a closure, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that additional restrictions could be coming, with the possibility of a return to a full shutdown. “There’s the potential of having to do a full pause, a full shutdown, in the coming weeks, because we can’t let this kind of momentum go,” said the Mayor, who if proposes to re-establish a shutdown, will have to seek approval from Governor Cuomo. “We need to recognize that that may be coming and we’ve got to get ready for that now because we cannot let this virus keep growing,” he added.
Speaking about the current state of infections and hospitalizations in the city, de Blasio said, “We’re seeing the kind of level of infection with the coronavirus we haven’t seen since May and we have got to stop that momentum — or else, our hospital system will be threatened.”
“If you don’t change the trajectory, we’re going to shut down, and then your business is going to close, and that my friends, is a real problem,” the governor told reporters, adding, “Worry about that because that is a real worry. Deaths are a worry and shutdowns of the economy are the real worries and they are viable worries. This is not an overanxious personality. This is not far fetched. This is something to really worry about.”
This being said, as the first batch of vaccines from the Pfizer facility arrived in New York on Monday, inoculations to the first phase of recipients began at around 9:30 AM and will continue to be administered to doctors and nurses and the staff and residents of nursing homes, since these two groups are at the highest risk for contracting the disease. It will be a considerable amount of time before the masses get vaccinated against the disease, which is why the honcho hinted that restrictions or possibly a full shutdown might have to go into effect in January.