As of Wednesday afternoon, 50% of New Yorkers who are 18 and older have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series, according to information from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The governor also said that more than 17 million vaccine doses have been administered in New York State to date.
"Our continued progress on vaccinations is phenomenal and that's a function of all the good work that our providers and volunteers across New York have done," he said in a statement.
He added, "we are hitting critical milestones, but the rate of people coming in to get vaccinated has declined, and that's troubling. We are especially focused on the youthful and the doubtful, and we are continuing to work with community leaders and pushing the message that everyone needs to get their shot because this vaccine is our key weapon in defeating this beast."
As much work has been done, strides to continue to reopen and support the battered state economy continue.
In the latest example, beaches and pools will operate with six-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day, and the state’s goal is to reopen them to 100% capacity by July 4.
Vaccination appointments and walk-ins are available at multiple Oneida County-operated vaccination PODs. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.
On May 11, Oneida County tallied 31 new positive cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.
There were 12 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with six at Mohawk Valley Health System and six at Rome Health. Five residents are hospitalized out of the county.