Overnight appointments were added at the vaccination centers at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate Industrial Park in The Bronx, and Citi Field in Queens.
- Now to the coronavirus pandemic, and the city is expanding vaccinations today.
- With the supply replenished following back-to-back winter storms, 24-hour sites across the five boroughs are now open.
- And that is not only the good news-- the only good news. Indoor dining will increase in New York City today to 35% capacity.
- Eyewitness News reporter Diana Rocco is live in Sunset Park to break it all down. Diana, good morning.
DIANA ROCCO: Ken, Candace, good morning. It's going to be a little bit easier for New York City residents to get that dinner reservation tonight. And we will talk a bit more about indoor dining in just a moment. Right now, we are outside the Brooklyn Army Terminal, one of the city's three 24-hour vaccination sites now taking appointments while this vaccine surplus lasts.
And the reason the city has a surplus is because all of those vaccines that were supposed to arrive last week have arrived this week. They were held up last week due to that winter storm. The city is now doubling down on appointments while those doses last.
As of yesterday, there were more than 189,000 doses available in the city, which means they have added overnight shifts here at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, at the Bathgate Industrial Park in the Bronx, and at Citi Field in Queens until that supply is gone.
BILL DE BLASIO: When we get a supply we need, we will be doing half a million vaccinations a day. We will be adding sites more and more deeper into communities. I'd like to go beyond half a million vaccinations a day, and I think we can do that. So we are still some weeks away from having the kind of supply we deserve.
DIANA ROCCO: Meanwhile, indoor dining is expanding in the city beginning today. Restaurant capacity now moves to 35% up from 25%. In Westchester and Rockland County-- also, other places upstate-- restaurants are at 50%, and they have been for quite a while now. New Jersey has also been at 35%. So all of this has forced New York State to make some changes here in the city and increase indoor dining capacity to 35%.
Back out here live outside the Brooklyn Army Terminal, vaccines are happening right now. This is one of those 24-hour facilities. And so far, the city has vaccinated 1.6 million residents. We are live in Brooklyn this morning. I'm Diana Rocco, Channel 7, Eyewitness News.
- Thank you, Diana. 536 new guidelines also go into effect today for New York state nursing homes. Facilities can accept visitors up to 20% of the resident population. Visitors are strongly encouraged to have a rapid test on site that will be provided by the Department of Health. If the nursing home staffer or resident is diagnosed with COVID, the nursing home can not allow any visitors for 14 days.