COVID-19 Vaccines Heading to New York, Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Who Gets it First

Rockland’s County Executive is concerned that EMS workers have been left out of the initial COVID vaccine roll-out here in New York. The vaccine from Pearl River’s Pfizer got FDA approval late Friday. With 170,000 doses expected in the first wave, there’s apparently not enough for everyone who would conceivably qualify from the very beginning. Other essential workers like ICU, long-term care facility workers who interact with residents, and others are higher in line to get vaccinated first. Rockland County Executive Ed Day says EMS personnel should be on that list as well…

In his press briefing on Friday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said those in minority communities also need to be considered ahead of others…

Cuomo is also concerned there’s too much skepticism over taking the vaccine. He says it’s critical to get between 75 and 85 percent of the population vaccinated to be effective, but polls show half the population isn’t ready to take the vaccine just yet.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got 73 in the hospital confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 2,216 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 23,680 reported cases, 175 more than Friday, and the number of deaths in the county since the pandemic began remains at 716.

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