Gov pushes booster shots as COVID cases rise

Gov pushes booster shots as COVID cases rise

East Farmingdale, NY- New York Governor Kathy Hochul rolled up her sleeve Monday for a second booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“The vaccine and booster are our best tools to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and continue moving forward safely through this pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m glad I got my second booster shot now that I’m eligible, giving me an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and helping me keep my family and community safer. There’s no better time: if you haven’t gotten vaccinated, make an appointment today and make sure to sign up for your booster shot as soon as you’re eligible. If you feel under the weather and are symptomatic, it’s important to take a COVID-19 test and stay home to protect our community.”

The COVID-19 infection rate in New York State has been slowly creeping up again, now at 3% as of data released by the Governor’s office on Monday. LoHud says health officials in several upstate counties as well as New York City have recommended residents return to wearing masks indoors, as over 45,000 New Yorkers have tested positive in the last two weeks.

Booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are currently available to anyone ages 50 and older who initially received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least as well as persons ages 18 and older who initially received the Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine.

Photo: April 4, 2022 – Albany, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul gets a second COVID-19 booster shot at the State Capitol. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)