By Dr. Dave A. Chokshi From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our knowledge about the virus has constantly evolved, and we are now confronting a new challenge. Over the past several months, we have seen a rise in COVID-19 infections as a result of the delta variant, a new strain of the original virus […]
A New Coronavirus Strain Detected in South Africa Shares Key Similarities With the Most Concerning Variants, Including Delta
By Aria Bendix, Insider Every now and then, a coronavirus variant comes along that makes scientists do a double-take. This month, that variant is C.1.2, which was first detected in South Africa in May. The variant carries “concerning constellations of mutations” that could make it highly transmissible or resistant to the body’s immune defenses – […]
By John Banzhaf III, CNN (CNN) – It’s time to stop forcing the vaccinated majority of Americans to accommodate those who refuse to take this simple step — especially now that at least one Covid-19 vaccine has been fully approved. The surge in infections caused by the coronavirus’ highly contagious Delta variant has made it […]
Immunocompromised People Make up Nearly Half of Covid-19 Breakthrough Hospitalizations – an Extra Vaccine Dose May Help
By Jonathan Golob, The Conversation The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, 2021, respectively, that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. One reason for this recommendation is high hospitalization rates among immunocompromised […]
Make Sure Your Child is up to Date on Routine Vaccinations, Health Department Reminds Parents and Caregivers
There has been a 16% decrease in routine vaccinations in children as of August 14 compared to the same period in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine coverage has dropped below 90% for first time in recent history
August 20, 2021 – The Health Department today urged parents and caregivers to make sure their children are up to date on routine vaccinations like MMR and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) as well as Hepatitis B, Hib, Polio, PCV, Varicella, Tdap, MenACWY and HPV. As of August 14, the number of routine vaccines administered to […]
Misinformation and a fear of missing out on work are preventing residents from getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the geographically isolated neighborhood of Far Rockaway, Queens.
By Meisha Porter and Dr. Dave A. Chokshi In early July, we were elated to welcome students to classrooms for Summer Rising, the City’s free summer academic and enrichment program. Children were clearly excited to be back with their teachers and friends, and those feelings have only grown over the past few weeks. In an […]
CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General James Issues Consumer Alert to Protect New Yorkers From Dangerous, Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards
NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an alert to protect New Yorkers from the dangers of fake coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination cards. The sale or distribution of blank or fraudulently-completed vaccination cards to individuals who have not actually received a vaccine poses a serious threat to the health of […]
Beginning September 13th, City will require proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests for all city workers. City also makes official call to private sector to enact vaccine and test mandates at all offices, workplaces, and facilities.
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner (DOHMH) Dr. Dave A. Chokshi and NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz today announced a new health care mandate requiring all city workers to provide one-time proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests beginning September 13th. In advance […]