NYC opens up vaccines to new groups

New Yorkers snapped up their chance to get vaccinated Monday as the state opened up inoculation to people over 75 and some essential workers, including teachers, police officers and firefighters. (Jan. 11)

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RACHEL BATSON: I definitely want to get a selfie so my students will be excited to tell their parents. Well, I've been teaching kids in front of a screen inside my 500 square foot apartment with my husband also on Zoom. So, it's been a challenging. We haven't seen our family. We didn't go home for Christmas. Our entire family's got COVID, down south, on both sides.

- How do you feel right now?

RACHEL BATSON: Emotional. I didn't think we were going to get it this soon. And so, I'm just really grateful to feel like I'm getting my life back on some level.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Check. Do you have an arm that you prefer? Your right?

ANNETTE VASQUEZ: Yes. I'm happy, because, you know, I'm a teacher and I'm an in-person teacher. So, I'm happy to get this.

- So, this is the right thing to do?

ANNETTE VASQUEZ: Yes. I think it's the right thing to do, you know? Better try something that might help you, than not to try anything at all. So many people died and it's very scary. You know?

- All righty. One, two.

BLANCA VEGA: Am I good? That was it?

- Girl, it happened.

BLANCA VEGA: Oh.

- It happened. Magic.

BLANCA VEGA: It feels good. Thank you-- thank you to all the health care workers who have been, you know--

- On the front line.

BLANCA VEGA: Supporting us all through and--

- --out here.

BLANCA VEGA: --making this a really comfortable experience because I was really nervous.