City continues vaccinations for nursing home residents, staff as Moderna's vaccine set to be distributed
Vaccinations are set to continue across the city today as Moderna's coronavirus vaccine has now rolled out across the country.
Nursing home residents at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale are next up for getting their vaccines.
A total of 600 residents and 100 staff members are expected to be vaccinated later today.
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is reportedly one of more than 600 long-term care facilities in the state enrolled in a program to receive the vaccine from pharmacists.
The first doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine are also expected to be given today. The company's vaccine is the second used in the United States following Pfizer's.
A federal advisory panel is recommending that people 75 and older; and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers be vaccinated next.
The Centers for Disease and Control says more than half a million Americans have been vaccinated so far.
The vaccines have come at a time where the coronavirus in New York City is surging.
As of Saturday, the Bronx was reporting a seven-day coronavirus positivity rate of 4.92%, and Brooklyn was reporting a positivity rate of 4.36%.
President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden are also expected to receive their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in Delaware later today.