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Data: Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2021 | 5:59 PM
In this April 14, 2021, file photo, a Northwell Health nurse vaccinates Local 28 sheet metal workers with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Elmont, New York. The latest federal figures released Saturday, October 16 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, about 12.7 million of New York's 20 million. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics.

About 12.7 million of New York's 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's the seventh-highest percentage of any state — below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Vaccination rates are highest in the southern and eastern parts of New York state: more than three-quarters of residents in Hamilton County in the Adirondacks are fully vaccinated.

Roughly 73% of residents are fully vaccinated in Manhattan and Queens in New York City.

But vaccination rates are lowest in western and central counties: just 38% are fully vaccinated in Allegany County, which is home to about 47,000 people.

Meanwhile, the number of people with confirmed COVID-19 in New York hospitals is declining: 2,115 as of Friday.

That's down from a fall peak of about 2,476 patients on September 13.

COVID-19 hospitalisation rates are highest in the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley.

Some communities with lower rates of vaccination are seeing higher rates of hospitalisation.

About 53% of residents are fully vaccinated in Broome County, home to Binghamton.

Hospitals in the county reported 92 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Saturday, up 39% from the previous week.

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