As COVID vaccine eligibility opens to all, another push for all to get it

From a vaccination clinic earlier this year.

From a vaccination clinic earlier this year.

ALBANY — With all New Yorkers over age 15 eligible to receive the COVID vaccine as of Tuesday morning, the state is making yet another push to make all New Yorkers want to receive it.

And once again, that push is aimed directly at Black and brown New Yorkers, who are getting vaccinated at lower rates than their white and Asian neighbors.

“We are very aggressive in public housing, in churches, in community centers, in communities of color on the vaccination program,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, after announcing the “Roll Up Your Sleeve” ad campaign.

The governor spoke in his native Queens, where 32.2% of all residents have received just one dose of vaccine — nearly as high as the average for all 62 counties in the state, 33.3%. But while Black people account for 20.7% of the Queens population age 16 and up, they account for only 14.3% of those who’ve received at least one dose in Queens.

“We are doing everything we can to get this equitable and fair. We are bringing the vaccines to the Black community, to the Latino community,” Cuomo said.

The effort to increase vaccination rate within the Black community appears to be more successful so far in another borough of New York City — the Bronx, which has the largest Black population by percentage of any county in the state.

The following list shows percentage of vaccine recipients and percentage of county population for the two lagging demographic groups:

  • Albany 7.7%/13.2% Black; 4.1%/5.6% Hispanic
  • Fulton 0.8%/2.2% Black; 1.4%/2.9% Hispanic
  • Montgomery 1.2%/3.0% Black; 5.9%/13.0% Hispanic
  • Rensselaer 3.7%/7.2% Black; 2.8%/4.4% Hispanic
  • Saratoga 1.1%/1.9% Black; 2.3%/3.1% Hispanic
  • Schenectady 4.5%/11.6% Black; 3.1%/6.3% Hispanic
  • Schoharie 0.7%/1.6% Black; 1.7%/3.2% Hispanic

About 23% of vaccine recipients in New York state are reported as race/ethnicity unknown.

As of Monday morning, 33.3% of New York’s 19.45 million residents had received at least one shot of COVID vaccine, a full one-third. The vaccination rate increases when factoring in that millions are ineligible for the vaccine because they are younger than 16.

The seven-day average positive COVID test rate stood at 3.6% statewide, 2.4% in the Capital Region and 1.6% in the Mohawk Valley.

Fifty-seven new COVID-related deaths were reported statewide, including one each in Montgomery and Rensselaer counties, bringing the official state death toll to 40,813.

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