Staten Island, NY

Staten Island Is Becoming New Covid-19 Hotspot

Mike Ortega

Many local residents are hesitating to take vaccines and are worried about side effects
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On Staten Island's South Shore, the mass vaccination site which is located at the gymnasium of elementary school is closed due to vaccine scarcity.

An interesting fact is this vaccination site is replaced by van which provides less than 10 vaccines per day. Testing centres are closed in mid-island beach because no one was showing up for testing.

Across New York city covid-19 cases have been tripled from an all-time low in a year 200 cases. Most of the cases are of delta variant.

Particularly Staten Island is becoming a new covid-19 hotspot. It is a daunting task for the administration to pull down a total of covid-19 cases from Staten Islands.

Black and Latino New Yorkers have a low vaccination rate in New York and Staten Island is no exception. The main problem in Staten Island is vaccine reluctance. Many local residents are not happy with authority. The government is trying everything from buses to in-home vaccination to face deadly delta variants in the city.

The vaccination rate in Staten island has fewer than 56 per cent vaccination rates in adults.

Serious infections of delta virus are picking up but the vaccination rate is still very low, said Dr Nicole Berwald, the chair of emergency medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, the main hospital serving the South Shore. The hospital ward cured 26 serious covid-19 patients recently and all were unvaccinated she said.

Two mobile vaccines vans are arriving this week. One will be parked at Tottenville where the positivity rate is 5.8 per cent. Another will be at Another replaced the brick-and-mortar site at St. Joseph-St. Thomas School in Pleasant Plains.

Many local residents are resisting taking the vaccine because it is not F.D.A approved. People are still sceptical about vaccines. Many don't believe in vaccines. This is the main reason for less vaccination in Staten island. Mass vaccination is necessary to pull down covid-19 cases and active public participation can help you out in such situations.

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My name is Mike Ortega, writer and software engineer. I write about self-development, startups and history. I like solo travelling and travelled to 20 countries so far.

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