Montefiore Nyack Hospital Front Line Staff Get First Doses of COVID Vaccine; Area State Lawmaker Wants to Ensure Vaccines go to High Priority Groups First

Montefiore Nyack Hospital front line staff members received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. They started with the Pfizer vaccine and they’re expected to get doses of the Moderna version later this week. A local state lawmaker wants to keep elected officials from getting any COVID vaccine before higher-priority groups. Stony Point and Orange County Assemblyman Colin Schmitt says he plans to introduce legislation to do that, but he also wants governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to implement that restriction immediately…

Schmitt’s move follows social media postings by members of Congress, including 49 year-old Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio and 31 year-old Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who got the vaccine ahead of front line workers, first responders, teachers, and vulnerable seniors. Some have argued that for members of congress it’s a matter of national security, while others have noted they could encourage others to not fear getting the vaccine.

COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost three more to COVID, the total is now 748. We’ve got five hospitalized being examined, another 85 there are confirmed cases, and a total of 2,056 active cases. Overall, we’ve had 25,579 reported cases, 166 more than Tuesday.

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