55.33% of Boro Park Vaccinated, Majority of Hospitalized COVID Patients are Unvaccinated
By Yehudit Garmaise
New York City’s Health Department has vaccinated 9.5 million residents, but it wants to continue to provide all residents with their shots because most of the patients hospitalized with COVID now are those who are unvaccinated.
“With respect to what we're seeing with respect to cases and hospitalizations among unvaccinated versus vaccinated people, the pattern is very clear,” Dave Chokshi, MD, New York City’s health commissioner said yesterday at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conference. “For both cases and hospitalizations, the vast, vast majority are occurring in people who are not yet fully vaccinated.”
“The single most important thing that we can do to protect individuals as well as for the city as a whole is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible."
Vaccinations also protect New Yorkers from the Delta variant of the virus, which is starting to slowly tick back up the COVID positivity rate.
“The vaccinations work for the Delta variant,” said Mitch Katz, MD, the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “The Delta variant is just more contagious and so poses a greater risk for the unvaccinated.
“The problem is unvaccinated people. They're the ones who are generally getting infected.”
Out of an estimated adult population of 57,912 in ZIP code 11219, the New York City Health Department reports that 55.33% of adult residents received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, and 49.56% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
“The vaccines are doing their work,” said Mitch Katz, MD, “Yes there are breakthrough cases [cases where vaccinated people get COVID, for which data is not yet available], but what we know is that when people are vaccinated, even if they are positive for the virus, they don't get seriously ill.
“And again, that's what we care about: keeping people alive, saving lives. And so, we want to keep pushing on with vaccinations.”
(Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)