The magic number which was time and again hinted at being the ultimate marker for relaxations by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has now been attained. New York has finally reached its goal of giving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of its adult residents, according to CDC numbers. 

As stated by Cumo, this mark will now lead to New York lifting “virtually all” safety restrictions, including capacity limits in bars and restaurants and mandatory health screenings. Furthermore, restrictions will be “optional” for retail, restaurants, offices, gyms, amusement parks, hair salons, barber shops and personal care services.

Source: Forbes (AP)

But in order to avoid any possibility of a possible spread in infections, restrictions will still be in place at large-scale events and in places like schools, homeless shelters and healthcare facilities and those who haven’t gotten the jab will still have to wear a mask and social distance.

All of these pointers considered, although the 70% marker has been clinched, New York still seems to have a vaccine-related problem at hand. Seven of the state’s 25 zip codes with the lowest rates of coronavirus vaccinations are located in New York City — and six of them are in Brooklyn, Cuomo said Monday.

Williamsburg has the lowest portion of people inoculated against COVID-19 with a rate of 32.7 percent, followed by Ocean Hill and Far Rockaway, Queens, at 33.4 percent each. Canarsie has a 34.3 percent vaccination rate, Crown Heights is at 35.3 and Brownsville and Borough Park are both at 35.8 percent. The area with the lowest rate at 17.8 percent is Monsey, in Rockland County.

Calling it a “hesitancy issue”, Cuomo maintained the stance of urging people to take the jab to ensure safety against the virus. 

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