New York Governor urges high-risk adults to get Covid booster
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Gov. Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers on Tuesday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus if they thought they were at high risk or lived in a “high transmission area,” anticipating a possible decision by federal regulators to allow an additional injection for all adults.
Ms Hochul went further than previous comments, but still created some confusion by offering a vague definition of high risk. That might not be a problem for too long, as the Food and Drug Administration aims to allow booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for all adults as early as Thursday, according to people familiar with the plans. agency.
This would increase the number of Americans eligible for additional shots by tens of millions. Some states, including Arkansas and Colorado, recently decided to allow all adults to have a recall instead of waiting for a decision from the federal government. On Monday, New York City urged all people 18 and older to get vaccinated.
Ms Hochul said at one point that people should be reminded if they live in an area with a positivity rate above 4 or 5%. This includes the area around Albany, the capital, and the Finger Lakes region, according to state data; New York City is about 1.5%.
“Anyone who lives in these areas and feels a risk, that they are at risk of catching this virus, should go for a booster,” Ms. Hochul said during a briefing in Buffalo Tuesday afternoon. “I want to be crystal clear about this.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ms Hochul had not issued any formal guidelines defining a high-risk area. His office later said the governor did not want to impose strict guidelines in order to get so many people to get a recall.
Indeed, Ms Hochul suggested that she was trying to avoid issuing statewide guidelines for boosters, pointing out that transmission rates varied widely by region and that people’s personal circumstances were different. . She said the metric to determine a high transmission area was flexible, adding that “what I’m not looking for is a comprehensive statewide approach to address every region of the state of identically “.
Ms Hochul, a Democrat, did not clarify whether rates should be considered at the regional, county or city level, but she seemed to suggest that large swathes of the state currently fall within her interpretation of high risk. . Even so, she defined the boosters decision as one of the best ones left to individuals.
She said, for example, that people who live in more densely populated areas or who interact with many people on a daily basis may feel more inclined to receive a booster and should do so if they wish.
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