Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of vaccinating five million New Yorkers against COVID-19 by June is inching towards completion, the mayor announced on Monday.
“This is amazing stuff,” de Blasio said during his Monday press conference. “The number of people being vaccinated now in New York City is skyrocketing and [there’s] more good news ahead as more supplies are coming.”
With an expected 77,000 additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine set to arrive in the coming days, the mayor said that he thinks the number of vaccinated New Yorkers, which have already topped four million, will reach five million by June. Last week alone, half a million New Yorkers were inoculated, de Blasio said.
The burgeoning vaccination effort is due in part to the city’s initiative to vaccinate homebound seniors and its pop-up sites in houses of worship and community centers, the mayor claimed.
“We’re reaching a lot of people who it’s particularly important to reach with that vaccine, so we’re going out into communities, pop-up locations and public housing, houses of worship,” he said. “We’re continuing to expand all over the city, so you’re going to see a number of sites up this week, new sites.”