NYC Prepares To Give Booster Shots Next Week: De Blasio Will Open ALL City Vaccination Sites With Extended Hours To Give Additional Doses To New Yorkers Once It Gets FDA Approval
- NYC opens all of its city vaccination sites, with extended hours, to provide New Yorkers with booster shots as US awaits FDA approval
- Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s Booster Shot Plan on Thursday, adding that federal approval could happen as early as Monday.
- “We must be ready to move immediately,” the mayor said during his press conference on Thursday. ‘We are done’
- Mayor’s plan would ensure that all 1,900 COVID-19 vaccination sites are used in administering the booster shots
- Meanwhile, an additional 25 city-run locations will remain open with extended hours as demand for boosters increases across the city
- Meanwhile, 60 percent of the total population, including eligible children, is fully vaccinated, with more than 11 million doses administered citywide.
New York City will open all of its city-wide vaccination sites, with extended hours, to provide New Yorkers with booster shots while the US awaits FDA approval of COVID-19 booster shots.
While the timeline remains uncertain as to when exactly the Food and Drug Administration might authorize booster doses to the general public, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s Booster Shot Plan on Thursday — adding that NYC will be ready to implement it once the plan is approved. is receiving federal authorization.
FDA regulators will meet Friday to discuss authorizing the booster shots, and approval could come as early as Monday, Sept. 20, De Blasio said.
“We must be ready to move immediately,” the mayor said during his Thursday press briefing. ‘We are done.’
Under the mayor’s plan, all 1,900 COVID-19 vaccination sites would be used to administer the booster shots.
Meanwhile, an additional 25 city-run locations will remain open with extended hours as demand for boosters increases across the city.
While the timeline remains uncertain for exactly when the FDA might authorize booster doses to the general public, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s Booster Shot Plan on Thursday.
The mayor added that NYC will be ready to implement it once the plan gets federal approval, which could be as early as Monday, Sept. 20.
Pictured: People queue to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination site at Grand Central Terminal train station
The city will engage in a proactive campaign to reach additional shots in an effort to help residents plan their shots once FDA approval, sending employees door-to-door.
The mayor added that the city will hold pop-up weekend booster shoot events as needed to deliver an additional 45,000 booster shots per week.
Booster shots will be available to New Yorkers already immunized with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine has yet to be approved for booster shots, the New York Daily News reports.
The country’s top public health experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, have long said booster shots are likely to be recommended as the more contagious delta variety continues to grow nationwide.
A commuter (pictured) receives an injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the opening of MTA’s public vaccination program
A man enters an observation area after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at a mobile vaccination center in Brooklyn
De Blasio discussed hospitalizations for positive COVID-19 cases as he explained the city’s Booster Shot Plan on Thursday
Earlier this month, however, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA said officials are still reviewing data, adding that Pfizer will likely be the only booster vaccine approved in time for October.
And while the immediate introduction of booster shots remains uncertain, vaccination rates are steadily increasing in the city and state, with 80 percent of NYC’s adult population receiving at least one vaccine dose as of Thursday, the city’s health department reports.
Meanwhile, 60 percent of the total population, including eligible children, is fully vaccinated, with more than 11 million doses administered citywide, according to the data.
Across the country, a total of 382 million doses have been administered and 180 million people fully vaccinated, or about 54.7 percent of the country, according to the report. Our world in data.
On Thursday, 41.6 million people in the US have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 1.06 million cases were in New York City.