QBP RICHARDS ON QUEENS REACHING 2 MILLION RESIDENTS WITH AT LEAST ONE COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE
(January 8, 2022 at 11am)
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to Queens becoming the first county in New York State to have 2 million residents receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — a milestone The World’s Borough hit today, January 8, according to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene data.
“No borough was hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than Queens, the original epicenter of the epicenter of the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime. But as Queens has proven again and again, culminating with today’s incredible milestone, no borough has shown more strength, resilience and resolve in our collective comeback than our own,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “The pandemic is not over yet, as we’ve learned with the recent surge in cases brought on by the Omicron variant, and neither is our fight against it. To all our neighbors who continue to roll up their sleeves to get both vaccinated and boosted and to all our healthcare workers who continue to serve their communities with unparalleled heroism, thank you stepping up on behalf of our shared borough.”
On April 23, 2021, Queens became the first county in New York State to have 1 million residents receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As of today, 89 percent of all Queens residents regardless of age have received at least one dose — 7 percentage points higher than the city average. In terms of percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated, Queens leads the five boroughs at 80 percent. For children ages 5 to 17 in Queens, 66 percent have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 51 percent are fully vaccinated — nearly 10 points higher than the city average for both criteria.
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