New York lowers vaccination eligibility to 60 years

Here’s what happens on Tuesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:

THE PAYMENT:

VACCINES: More than 60 million people, or 18.1% of the US population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 31.4 million people have completed their vaccination, that’s 9.5% of the population.

CASES: According to Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day moving average for new daily cases in the US has fallen from 66,408 on February 22nd to 55,735 on Monday for the past two weeks.

DEATH: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day moving average for daily deaths in the US has decreased from 1,910 on February 22nd to 1,563 on Monday over the past two weeks.

STATE VACCINATION RATES: Percentage of the population who received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the CDC: New Mexico (25.8%); Alaska (24.9%); Connecticut (24.8%). Lowest Rates: Alabama (15%); District of Columbia (14.3%); Georgia (13.3%).

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

– Volunteers are important helpers at vaccination centers, and that pays off in one shot. That raises questions at a time when supplies are limited and Americans struggle to get vaccinated even if they are eligible. However, medical ethicists say volunteers are necessary to successful public health.

– Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York state will cut eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines from 65 to 60 as of Wednesday. Cuomo expects more vaccine shipments and nearly all vaccination sites will be able to vaccinate eligible New Yorkers starting March 17.

– Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed $ 2 billion in COVID-19 relief spending while vetoing $ 650 million after Republicans failed to negotiate with her and legalize aid who would have curtailed their government’s authority to impose pandemic restrictions.

QUOTE: “She takes care of everyone from A to Z. She goes beyond the scope of work to be a presence of hope and compassion for others.” – Reginald Jean-Mary, pastor of a church in Miami, on Doramise Moreau, who cooked nearly 1,000 meals a week during the pandemic.

The story goes on

ICYMI: As the pandemic enters its second year, there is a pent-up longing for normalcy, especially when it comes to life’s milestones – weddings, births, deaths, birthdays and anniversaries.

ON THE HORIZON: There will be more happy young campers this summer. According to the American Camp Association, at least 45 states allow overnight camps to be opened.

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