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As COVID cases continue, state prepares booster shot rollout

Sep 08, 2021 1:55 pm

Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that Gov. Kathy Hochul says that New York is doing fairly well in the latest wave of COVID-19 cases. While hospitals in some parts of the country are overwhelmed with patients, New York current has 36 percent of hospital beds available and 26 percent of intensive care units open. "That is manageable today. They know what to do; they've done this before," Hochul said at a New York City news conference. "We stand ready to do what we need to do to trigger more hospital capacity." Now the state is preparing to dole out booster vaccine shots beginning Sept. 20. "We're looking very good," Hochul said of the booster shot plan. "They don't think we're going to have any capacity issues or volume." Local health departments are getting $65 million to give out the booster shots, one part of the plan to end the pandemic. "The bottom line is it's all about getting vaccinated and wearing the mask," Hochul said. "There's nothing new with how we're dealing with this next phase." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.