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The city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray received a COVID vaccine Tuesday at Kings County Hospital, an effort to encourage New Yorkers who are wary of getting jabbed.
“It was so easy,” McCray said after receiving the Pfizer drug. “It was just a pinch.
“We barely felt it, so there really is nothing to be afraid of,” she added. “We want to do this for our families, we want to do this for our loved ones and, of course, we want to do this for our city.”
Jean Alexander of the Caribbean American Center of New York and Jeanette Rivera of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Brooklyn were vaccinated alongside McCray.
“They are great role models and I hope they are encouraging everyone to go get their shot,” McCray said.
Black and Latino New Yorkers have gotten vaccinated at far lower rates than whites and Asians, according to recent city data, with officials partially blaming the disparity on wariness of the new drugs among communities of color.
Mayor de Blasio has yet to get vaccinated. The 59-year-old mayor awkwardly said last week McCray, 66, would get jabbed before him because she’s older; New Yorkers age 65 and up are eligible for vaccines.
“The first lady is in a different category than I’m in,” he said at a Feb. 3 press conference. “According to the priorities laid out by the state, she qualifies differently than I do.”
As of Tuesday morning, 1,032,158 doses had been administered in the city since Dec. 14, according to the mayor’s office.
While historic, the milestone fell short of de Blasio’s initial goal of getting 1 million New Yorkers vaccinated by the end of January.