New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said New Yorkers who want to dine and watch concerts can do so even with just one dose of COVID-19 shot.
De Blasio in his daily press briefing said New Yorkers need not wait to complete their second dose before they can dine at a restaurant or watch a concert.
“Let’s say someone goes to a restaurant and they didn’t know about the rule. They really want to go to the restaurant and they’re ready to get vaccinated,” de Blasio said
“You really want to go to that restaurant, you really want to go to that concert, or wherever it may be … you can literally go to that vaccination site, get your first shot, get your card, come back, go to that restaurant, go to that movie theater, go to that concert,” de Blasio added.
However, a former health official is not happy with the recent statement of de Blasio.
Dr. Anthony Santella, a former city Health Department official, said giving New Yorkers a green light to dine out indoors based on just one recently administered shot is not a good idea.
“The science doesn’t support, ‘Let me run over to a CVS, get vaccinated and come back and have my lobster or salad,’” Santella said.
“You should really be living your life as an unvaccinated person, until you’re 14 days after your second shot,” Santella added.