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COVID-19 vaccine

To beat COVID, we need more people vaccinated

Low vaccination rates deeply lower our odds to control, and in time defeat, the COVID-19 virus, Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb argues, urging unvaccinated people to take the shot now.

NY state will not mandate masks, but local governments ‘should seriously consider the CDC guidance,’ Cuomo says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today left the door open for future state action, but he said policy-making responsibility rests with local governments and school districts in areas of substantial virus transmission to decide whether to implement the revised CDC guidance.

CDC issues health advisory on ‘urgent need’ to increase vaccination coverage

The new advisory, issued after the CDC announced revised guidance on mask-wearing yesterday, urges public health officials and clinicians to step up vaccination efforts. CDC said the 300% increase in COVID-19 infections over the past month is attributed to the spread of the highly infectious delta variant among unvaccinated people.

All NY state-run mass vaccination sites to offer walk-in shots to all residents age 16 and up

All New York State mass vaccination sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations as of Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. Local health departments have the option to offer vaccines without appointments as of Thursday also, he said.

New York State, Suffolk County halt Johnson & Johnson vaccinations after federal health officials reveal rare blood clots in young women

State and local health officials have paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed a rare blood clotting condition after receiving the vaccine. One woman died another is in critical condition.

PBMC vaccinates its first teenager

Peconic Bay Medical Center vaccinated its first teenager Wednesday afternoon, college-bound Riverhead High School senior Imani Thomas.

As vaccine reaches one in three Suffolk residents, health officials express concern over high daily COVID-19 caseloads

As of April 5, one in three residents in both Suffolk County and New York State have now received their first dose, and nearly one in five residents have been fully inoculated.

New York expands COVID vaccine eligibility to ages 30+ tomorrow, opens to everyone over 16 next week

New Yorkers 30 and older can begin to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments and start getting vaccinated as of tomorrow at 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon. Eligibility will be universal to all New Yorkers 16 and older on April 6.

NY expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone over age 50

New Yorkers age 50 and over will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines beginning tomorrow at 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Vaccine appointments available Saturday for Riverhead residents at county center

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available tomorrow for Riverhead Town residents who are eligible for the vaccination because of age (60-plus) or co-morbidities.