As the progress in the fight against COVID continues, we are taking new action to bring the vaccine directly to New Yorkers. From May 12 through May 16, eight new pop-up vaccination sites will open at MTA stations in the New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions. Getting a shot at these pop-up sites also comes with a perk: You will get a free seven-day MetroCard or a free round-trip Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North ticket. The more New Yorkers are vaccinated, the safer our state is for everyone, and we’ll continue to pursue all avenues to encourage people to get vaccinated. So stop by an MTA pop-up site, roll up your sleeve and let’s get vaccinated, New York. PROGRAMMING NOTE: Starting Monday, May 17, this Coronavirus newsletter will be published twice a week, so look for it in your inbox every Monday and Thursday. Don’t worry—all the news from NYS will be covered, and in between if you like you can see daily updates on the COVID and vaccine numbers on Twitter and ny.gov.
Image of the Day: The MTA will open pop-up vaccination sites at major transit hubs beginning Wednesday.
Here’s what else you need to know tonight:
1. COVID hospitalizations dropped to 2,016. Of the 110,541 tests reported yesterday, 1,580, or 1.43 percent, were positive. The 7-day average percent positivity was 1.40 percent. There were 493 patients in ICU yesterday, down 18 from the previous day. Of them, 301 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 27 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. As of 11am this morning, 60.2 percent of adult New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 112,510 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 16,826,409 total doses with 48.9 percent of adult New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See additional data on the State’s Vaccine Tracker.
3. Nassau Coliseum will have a fully vaccinated fan section for the New York Islanders playoff games which are anticipated to start on May 19. To end the Islanders’ last season at the Coliseum, 50 percent of the Coliseum will be used as a fully vaccinated fan section with attendees spaced approximately 3 feet apart—an unoccupied seat between each party—in assigned, seated sections that are designated solely for fully vaccinated individuals. Playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 11.
4. All SUNY and CUNY schools will require vaccinations for all in-person students beginning Fall 2021. This requirement is subject to the FDA providing a full approval for the vaccine, beyond the current emergency use authorization. Certain medical and religious exemptions will be permitted. I encourage all private colleges & universities to require vaccinations as well.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: This Mother’s Day weekend, foster care parents in New York City were honored for their care and service. May is also National Foster Care Month and the Children’s Village, a charitable organization, awarded five foster care parents awards for their contributions towards the children they fostered. Sharon Johnson received the “Longest Service Foster Parent” award; she has been caring for foster children for more than 35 years.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS Coronavirus Update: MTA Pop-Up Vaccination Sites — Islanders Playoffs
May 11, 2021