Two-thirds of New Yorkers are Vaccinated Statewide: COVID Hospitalizations Decline at Corresponding Rate
Nearly two-thirds of the residents of New York state are fully vaccinated against COVID, according to statistics the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released yesterday.
The 12.7 million, out of 20 million, New Yorkers, who have gotten their shots, have made New York the state with eighth highest number of vaccinated residents.
Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland are the states with the highest vaccination rates.
The states with the lowest vaccination rates, according to the CDC, are North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming, Idaho, and West Virginia, at the very bottom of the list.
Within New York state, vaccination rates are highest in the southern and eastern parts of the state, and the rates are the lowest in western and central counties, such as in Allegany County, where just 38% of residents are fully vaccinated.
What is great news is that communities with the highest vaccination rates also see the lowest rates of patients who are hospitalized for COVID.
In New York City, where the city’s website reports that 66% of the residents are fully vaccinated, although on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio reported that that number was 83% of adults and 75% of teenagers, the number of COVID patients has been coming down dramatically.
On Thursday, Mitch Katz, MD, the CEO of Health + Hospitals, said that thanks to the six million, out of 8.8 million, New Yorkers who have gotten vaccinated, the city’s hospitalization rate for COVID, which at 0.69%, per 100,000, is the lowest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic.
“This low hospitalization rate really says that vaccination works, and that we are moving in the right direction,” the mayor said on Thursday.
While in September, the number of COVID patients in hospitals statewide was 2,476, on Friday, the number of hospitalized COVID patients in the state had thankfully come down to 2,115.
During the peak, 18,825 COVID patients were hospitalized in New York state.
In the city, the New York City website shows that 59% of both residents of Brooklyn and the Bronx have gotten both of their shots, while 62% of Staten Islanders are fully vaccinated.
In Queens, 72% of city-dwellers are fully vaccinated, and 74% of residents in Manhattan have gotten both of their shots.
(Photo by: Philip Kamrass/ Office of Formor Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)