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Cuomo: Zip codes with lowest COVID-19 vaccine rates to get more vaccine sites

Starting Saturday, one vaccine site will be added in the Hudson Valley by the state - located at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2021, 12:34 AM

Updated 1,109 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new vaccination sites will open in New York zip codes he says have the lowest COVID-19 vaccine rates.
Starting Saturday, one vaccine site will be added in the Hudson Valley by the state - located at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley.
It's one of 11 sites the state will be opening as the state tries to reach 70% of New Yorkers ages 18 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The 70% is important because that's when the governor says COVID-19 restrictions for the most part would end regarding capacity, social distancing and cleaning and disinfecting.
Some things would remain in place. Mask requirements would still follow CDC guidance and there would be rules for specific places like nursing homes, large venues and public transit.
"When we hit 70%, then I feel comfortable saying to the people of this state, we can relax virtually all restrictions," said Cuomo.
The 11 new vaccine sites were selected based on what the governor says are the zip codes with the lowest vaccination rates in the state - this includes parts of Monsey and Spring Valley.
The state says at least 100 zip codes have vaccination rates below 36.3%.
That includes 10952 in Monsey, which is at 17.6% - the lowest in the state. There is also 10977 in Spring Valley at 28.6%.
"It's a welcome step when the government tries to make sure neighborhoods have resources," says Yossi Gestetner, from the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.
Gestetner says he questions whether the data is right because the city has its own vaccine data by zip code.
He pointed to Borough Park, Brooklyn, which has a high Orthodox population as an example of why he doesn't understand the numbers.
He says the state's data appears in line with city data that includes children ineligible for the vaccine.
When you look at people 18 and over, the number vaccinated is significantly higher.
"You have a huge portion of the population which is still not eligible to get vaccinated," he says.
Anyone older than 12 can now get the Pfizer shot.
Gestetner says he just wants the communities that truly need the state's help to get it.


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