NY to shift vaccine push to least vaccinated communities

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Julian Boyce, 14, receives his first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, from nurse Kenia Georges in New York, Thursday, May 13, 2021. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that children between the ages of 12 and 15 can get vaccinated in New York effective immediately. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York plans to downscale its mass vaccination sites to focus on communities where the fewest New Yorkers are getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that New York will close down mass vaccination sites in Corning, Oneonta in Otsego County, Potsdam in St. Lawrence County and York College in Queens.

About 51% of the state’s 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to the latest federal data.

Cuomo has touted a seemingly higher figure: 70% of adults in New York had received at least one dose.

The governor didn’t say where the state would open up new sites, but said that his administration will do so in “coming weeks.”

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