De Blasio: 84% of all NYC adults have received at least one COVID shot, 6 million vaccinated

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Six million New York City residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine — a milestone Mayor de Blasio touted Thursday as “unbelievable.”

“This is a staggering figure. This is how we’re coming back,” the mayor said. “What has it meant? As vaccinations have gone up, hospitalizations have gone down.”

To illustrate that point, de Blasio noted that the hospitalization rate for COVID stood at .69 per 100,000 city residents as of Thursday, a new low for the Big Apple.

“We haven’t been this low since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dr. Mitchell Katz, CEO of Health + Hospitals, the city’s network of public hospitals and clinics. “Just to give people some sense, for the 11 Health + Hospitals, which represent about a fifth of all hospitalizations in New York City, we currently have about 70 patients with COVID in the hospital, and about 16 of them are in the intensive care unit. At the peak, we had 3,700 patients in the hospital with COVID, and we had 960 in the ICU.”

As of Thursday, de Blasio said that more than 84% of adults in the city had received at least one vaccine dose, with 75% of teens who are 12 and older receiving at least one dose as well.

He continued to predict that more kids would be vaccinated soon once the Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval for vaccines to be used on children under 11.

“At this point, there’s only about a million adults left to be vaccinated and they keep coming in,” he said. “We’re going to keep moving on that number, and we’re going to pick up those young people.”

But de Blasio, whose term ends in December, stopped short of declaring an end to the COVID era just yet, predicting that day would most likely come next year.

“Let’s be careful on ‘mission accomplished’ until we are a hundred percent sure,” he said. “I want to consolidate those gains in 2021, handoff to my successor, and then I think 2022 becomes the year that we can finally put COVID in our past.”

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