The Department of Health on Friday revealed that since they started administering booster shots only 36% of city residents have decided to avail themselves of it.
The latest data also showed that the rates are even lower among Black and Hispanic New Yorkers, 24% and 26% of whom have gotten boosted, respectively.
The DOH said compared to those who are fully vaccinated the booster shot percentage is just too small.
Based on the DOH data, 77% of New Yorkers are “fully vaccinated,” defined as having received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, who chaired the Council’s Health Committee before his BP election in November is alarmed that only a few New Yorkers have availed the booster shots.
“This leaves us vulnerable to a future wave. We have to focus on this,” Levine tweeted.
“We can’t continue to accept this. We must do much more to close these gaps,” Levine added in another tweet.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman of New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city will do its best to address the low number of those availing the booster shots.
“We are working day after day to increase the number of New Yorkers boosted against COVID-19 and are beating back this virus due to vaccinations,” the spokeswoman said.
“Vaccinations are unlocking our recovery, and we encourage all eligible New Yorkers who have yet to get boosted to do so immediately,” the spokeswoman added.