Vaccine producers such as Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are already working on boosters for their vaccines to be more effective against variants.
JEFF SMITH: Continues to promote that New York has been a leader in handling of the pandemic. He says the launch of the Excelsior Pass is the latest example. This so-called digital vaccine passport is the first of its kind. It's an app that will allow New Yorkers to display digital proof of a vaccination, through a barcode on their smartphones.
A secondary app will then allow businesses and other venues to scan those barcodes. It's designed to be a potential game changer in a post-pandemic world.
KATHRYN WYLDE: We can have entertainment. We can have nightclubs. We can go back to a New York-- or go forward, actually, to a New York-- that is the one that we recognize.
ANDREW CUOMO: You're going to see the number of vaccines coming to the state increasing. And as soon as we get those vaccines to this state, we are going to get them in arms.
JEFF SMITH: More than 3.5 million people have been vaccinated so far, in New York City. Statewide, 15% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
MICHELLE CHARLESWORTH: Well yesterday, indoor entertainment centers in New York were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Let the fun and games begin. Business owners we spoke to in Suffolk County say they plan to run a tight ship, from temperature checks to around the clock cleaning. The intent is to make the entertainment centers safe.
KEITH HANDLER: We just are-- we are really pumped to get back in business, serving the community, getting kids out and active and playing safely.
JOHN ARLO: We're happy for our kids, for our staff, for our customers. Everybody is just really excited to get back in.
MICHELLE CHARLESWORTH: Now, outdoor amusement parks in the state can open with 33% capacity, beginning Friday, April 9.
JEFF SMITH: New Jersey Transit bus drivers and transit workers will take a shot in the arms today-- the vaccination initiative scheduled in Newark from 9 to 11 AM. All of the state's public transportation workers, the transit workers, first became eligible on March 15. At least 21 NJ transit employees have died of complications from the coronavirus, including 11 bus drivers and a train operator.
MICHELLE CHARLESWORTH: [SIGHS] More people in New Jersey, soon, will be able to get the COVID vaccine, beginning one week from Monday-- April 5. People age 55 and older will be eligible for shots along with people age 16 and older, who have developmental disabilities. Also beginning that day, sanitation and utility workers, laundry service workers, and people in real estate can get shots, along with bank tellers and financial industry employees.