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Two Million Queens Residents Have Received at Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Two million Queens residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Photo by Michael Appleton Mayoral Photography Office)

Jan. 10, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

Two million Queens residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Borough President Donovan Richards announced Saturday.

Richards, citing Dept. of Health data, said Queens was the first borough in the city to reach the milestone for one shot being administered.

“To all our neighbors who continue to roll up their sleeves to get both vaccinated and boosted… thank you [for] stepping up on behalf of our shared borough,” Richards said in a statement.

“No borough has shown more strength, resilience and resolve in our collective comeback than our own,” he said, noting that Queens was considered the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic early on.

The two million doses of one shot equates to around 88.73 percent of Queens residents. The figure stood at 89 percent as of Monday.

Queens also leads the way in terms of residents who are considered to be fully vaccinated with Manhattan in second. About 80 percent, or 1,805,789 Queens residents, are fully vaccinated compared to 79 percent or 1,290,382 Manhattan residents. Staten Island comes in next at 70 percent followed by the Bronx, 68 percent, and Brooklyn at 67 percent.

City vaccination rates as of Jan. 10, 2022 (Photo Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene)

A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine series, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen primary vaccine series, according to the Health Department.

Despite the borough’s high vaccination rates, Richards warned that the fight to beat the pandemic was far from over with the Omicron variant continuing to rage through the World’s Borough.

The number of coronavirus cases in Queens has spiked in recent weeks with the 7-day average rising from 725 on Dec. 5 to a high of 11,482 on Jan. 2. The rate dropped to 8,557 on Jan. 6.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have also increased in Queens with the 7-day average jumping from 16 on Dec. 6 to a high of 183 on Jan. 3. The rate dropped to 118 on Jan. 6.

The 7-day average for deaths for the same time period also rose with the 7-day average reaching a high of 14 on Jan. 6, up from 3 on Dec. 6. The figures include confirmed and probable deaths.

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Martha

So award will be less time off of work or no time off to pay for handouts and monies for those that do not get vaxxed and fall deeply ill. Make sure you wear a double mask on your way to the office.

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Brenda

Everyone i know got the covid vaccines. And most are testing positive for Omicron. My doctor told me i need to wear a KN mask. I also tested positive, wrk from home, live alone, have things delivered and only go out to ride my bike and walk my dog.

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Gardens Watcher

Your doc is right. We all need to upgrade our masks to N95, KN95 or KN94. Keep them clean and dry, and wear them properly.

Get vaxxed and stay up-to-date with your boosters too.

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Natalie

The 100 dollar to get the shot really motivated many queens residents. People are struggling to put food on the table and pay rent. Hopefully mayor adams will continue giving out money to get a booster.

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ABoondy

wait until their medical bills start piling up. I’m over $13,500 in debt from ER visits and specialists due to a severe reaction to the pfizer vax that caused inflammation of my heart. i wont pay a penny. i told the creditors to go bother pfizer for paying the bills. they did this to me.

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