1 million people get Excelsior Pass, vaccinations continue to rise, positivity rate declines

Gov. Cuomo recently - Governor's Office

Gov. Cuomo recently - Governor's Office

New Yorkers are continuing to get their Excelsior Pass to show they’re vaccinated, just as 54% of adults in the state have completed the dosing series, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. 

Cuomo said more than 1 million people have gotten the pass so far.

“We continue to work with community leaders and our partner organizations to make sure the vaccine is accessible to all New Yorkers, and thinking outside the box to give more people incentives to get vaccinated,” Cuomo said.  “This vaccine is safe, effective and necessary – and can only do its job if we all take it. If you still need to get your shot, I urge you to come into one of our many sites and roll up your sleeve so we can finally defeat this beast.” 

Cuomo also said 44% of all New Yorkers have received the shot. 

Once someone is fully vaccinated they can voluntarily get the Excelsior Pass, which is being used by a multitude of businesses to ensure people are vaccinated, including large sporting venues like Madison Square Garden and universities like Syracuse University for graduation ceremonies. 

The pass can be used both for vaccinations and negative test results and is valid for one year right now. 

Anyone who wants the pass can get it 15 days after their second dose of the vaccines. Get the Excelsior Pass at epass.ny.gov. 

“After a long and incredibly difficult year, New Yorkers are finally returning to normal life and getting back to work amid rising vaccination rates, and the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass is a key part of that restoration of normalcy,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo also announced Saturday that Friday’s positivity rate was the lowest the state has seen since Sept. 4.

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