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COVID Vaccine Updates: More than half of US adults have had at least 1 dose of vaccine

NEW YORK (WABC) — For the first time since April 6, the daily average of shots in arms has fallen below three million doses a day.

So far, more than 134 million Americans have received at least one dose. That’s 52% of all adults in the country, but it appears some are wary of the vaccines.

From coast to coast there are appointments going unfilled. In an effort to get more minorities vaccinated, Boston health officials set aside 20,000 doses for Black and brown communities.

“We know the Latin and Hispanic community is lagging behind,” said Rodrigo Martinez, CIC. “We need to share information and make it easy for them to get vaccinated and that’s what we are doing.”

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Suffolk County high school sports drops required weekly testing
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone released updated guidance for high school sports on Friday. Due to a decline in the COVID positivity rate and an increase in vaccinations, weekly testing of athletes will no longer be required for high school athletes. While testing is no longer required, the Health Department still recommends weekly testing and encourages athletic programs to develop opportunities for their student athletes 16 and over to get vaccinated.

American Museum of Natural History opens as vaccine site
A new vaccination site at the American Museum of Natural History opened Friday and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday each week, offering approximately 1,000 shots per day. The location will include set-aside appointments for local NYCHA residents and staff, as well as union staff, such as DC37 workers who work in cultural fields, and museum staff.

“It’s going to take all of us to bring back the city we know and love,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “With that, I would like to wish a warm ‘whale-come’ to the American Museum of Natural History. The city thanks you for your partnership in getting every New Yorker vaccinated.”

NYC offering walk-in appointments for all
Anyone age 16 and up who wants a COVID vaccine can now walk into any city-run vaccine center in New York City and get their shot. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the expansion of the walk-in appointments on Friday, while Andrew Cuomo said anyone 60 and up can walk into state-run facilities like Yankee Stadium and the Javits Center without an appointment.

CDC set to determine future of J&J vaccine
Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meeting Friday to discuss how to move forward with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to vote on updated recommendations for use of the vaccine and whether it’s likely to be linked to a rare blood clotting syndrome they’re calling thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

Other groups have called it vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT, but ACIP is sticking with more neutral language that doesn’t presume vaccines are causing the condition. It’s characterized by a rare type of blood clot in the brain — and possibly other large blood clots — along with a low number of blood-clotting cells called platelets. Some blood specialists have said they believe it’s caused by an unusual immune reaction that targets platelets, causing them to glob together into clots.

3-time cancer survivor beats COVID-19 after lengthy hospitalization
A 79-year-old Southern California woman who survived cancer three times was welcomed home with a drive-by parade after she beat COVID-19. Neighbors, firefighters and even the Simi Valley Police Department were on hand for Sue Michael’s homecoming parade.

Brooklyn dad gets vaccine after year-long COVID battle that required lung transplant
A 33-year-old father of two from Brooklyn is counting his blessings after a nearly year-long battle with COVID-19 that required a lung transplant and nearly nine months on a blood cleaning machine. On Thursday, Edwin Luna was vaccinated against the disease that almost killed him and reunited with those who helped save his life.

Push in Bronx to fight vaccine hesitancy among holdouts
The United States is pushing for more Americans to get vaccinated as the number of people getting shots is dropping. The pace of vaccinations in the city has slowed down from 114,000 doses administered on April 8 to just 34,000 on Wednesday. The Bronx Rising Initiative is running pop-up locations with the hope that improved access will help convince holdouts in the hardest-hit borough.

NJ county urges COVID-19 vaccines ahead of in-person high school, college graduations
One county in New Jersey is urging high school and college seniors to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus ahead of in-person graduation ceremonies. Morris County and Atlantic Health System launched an initiative to urge students to schedule appointments at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Rockaway Township via the Atlantic Health System’s website.

How many people in your area are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Most states have opened up COVID-19 vaccination to everyone 16 and older, but not everyone is lining up to get the shot. With the recent temporary pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, doctors worry about an increase in vaccine hesitancy that may not be warranted. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, the CDC found that as many as a third of adults in some areas reported being hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. These rates are highest in the states of Wyoming and North Dakota, and lowest in Massachusetts, Vermont and California.

When did you realize the COVID pandemic changed everything?
Many of us had a moment, most often occurring in March 2020, when we realized that COVID-19 had completely changed our lives forever. Even though we’ve managed to move forward and adapt to a new normal, that memory still sticks with us. Tell us: What was that moment to you?

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