Macy's has announced a major investment both in its iconic flagship store and the surrounding Herald Square neighborhood.
DAVID NOVARRO: I'm David Novarro with a look at some of the stories making news this Tuesday afternoon. And the Pfizer vaccine now authorized for children ages 12 to 15. And New York is preparing to vaccinate that age group as early as Thursday. However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there are no plans to require public school students to get vaccinated. Eyewitness News reporter Candace McCowan has everything parents need to know.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Adolescents could start receiving that shot in their arm as soon as Thursday but the question is, will they be willing to take it? And will their parents allow it?
- I think it's good for people to get the vaccine and all because, you know, you've got to protect people. But I'm not in a rush to get it.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Monday night, the FDA, expanding emergency use authorization to those 12 to 15, after a study conducted over the past several months-- including 2,200 12 to 15-year-olds-- proving to be 100% effective. And now a CDC advisory committee is expected to meet Wednesday. By Thursday those as young as 12 could start receiving the vaccine. And Mayor de Blasio now saying the city's students will not be required to get the shot.
BILL DE BLASIO: Talked about it with the health team, Henry, we just don't think is the right way to go at this moment. I mean we'll watch always. We'll always be led by the data and the science, but right now, again, we're seeing extraordinary success and we expect that success to be sustained.
- I'd just like a little bit more time, a little more data.
- I'm good. I don't want to be a lab rat.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Reluctance is why politicians are now working to motivate those who haven't received their shots.
BILL DE BLASIO: Today we're announcing free two-week membership to Citi Bike-- two-week membership for free-- when you get vaccinated.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Wednesday, the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered to commuters at eight different subway and commuter stations. You can get a shot and a free seven-day metro card, or two free LIRR or Metro North tickets. New York City now offering free tickets to a slew of city venues, from the Bronx Zoo to events at Lincoln Center, to anyone who shows up to get a shot.
BILL DE BLASIO: This coming Thursday, something new as well for folks who drive cars. Drive-through site at Citi Field.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: All of this with the hopes to get as close to normal as possible.
RICHARD BESSER: The idea that now with a vaccine there are high school kids who could start the fall and have a normal high school experience, take off their masks, do sports, engage with their friends, and not have to worry, I think that's absolutely huge.
CANDACE MCCOWAN: Pfizer expected to seek authorization for use of the vaccine for those two to 11 come September. That will make it easier for kids to reenter the classroom come this fall. Here at the Javits Center, I'm Candace McCowan. Channel 7. Eyewitness News.
DAVID NOVARRO: And the other big story-- we're following the search for the suspect in the Times Square shooting. Police still looking for 31-year-old Farrakhan Muhammad. He's accused of opening fire Saturday in Times Square, injuring three people. In the wake of the shooting the police commissioner says he's putting more police in Times Square.
DERMOT SHEA: Clearly, you know, deployment is a piece of this equation. But again, I spoke to one of the officers myself. He was literally feet away-- a block away when it happened. He put it over, responded quickly. You see how many cops were in that area. You need balance in everything we do in law enforcement and, as I'm sure we'll get into it, there's balance that's needed on the back end too, with the criminal justice system.
DAVID NOVARRO: And stay with ABC 7 NY for the latest on the shooting investigation and the coronavirus pandemic. I'm David Novarro. Have a great afternoon.