COVID-19 vaccine administered in hard-hit north Bronx
New Yorkers at the Edenwald Houses received COVID-19 vaccines Saturday. The housing development was the first in the north Bronx to get vaccines after partnering with Somos to administer them.
While city officials have said the goal is to help communities hardest hit by COVID-19 with these vaccination sites, not every recipient is from the area. One family traveled all the way from Poughkeepsie.
Still, recipients were grateful.
"God is good. That's what it means ... because I think if it hadn't been for these shots, I don't know where we would be at. A lot more [people] need to come out and get them," said Kathalina Coleman.
"I'm with the sheriff's office," said Linda Bray of Far Rockaway. "We lost a few coworkers, which was extremely sad, so this gives me a sense of relaxation. I don't want to be next. I feel safe."
Studies show it can take 1-2 weeks to fully build immunity to the virus.
The city says nearly 1.5 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered so far.
Around 50% of people who received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine have also received their second.
Those people are over 90% protected from getting the coronavirus, based on trial results. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has around 6,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine for first shots, and around 130,000 doses for second shots.
The figure comes just over a month since the Bathgate Contract Postal Station opened as the city’s first 24/7 vaccine hub.