COVID-19 cases continued to tumble across the five boroughs last week – a decline that reflects the higher number of New Yorkers vaccinated against the virus.
The latest data from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that 85.3% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 76.2% of all residents are fully vaccinated.
Yet the vaccination rate continues to lag behind New Yorkers under 18 years of age. The city’s Ministry of Health reports that only 44% of these people have received at least one dose, while 38% of them are fully vaccinated. These figures include children under the age of 5 for whom a vaccine has not yet been approved.
The rates are far higher for teens than elementary school or middle school students. Approximately 88% of children between the ages of 13 and 17 have received at least one dose, and 78% of demographics are fully grown. Meanwhile, only 50% of all children between the ages of 5 and 12 have received at least one dose, and 41% of them are fully vaccinated.
Looking at the numbers by neighborhood, areas with lower overall vaccination rates are also lagging behind in pediatric vaccinations.
East Williamsburg / Williamsburg, Brooklyn (11211) has the lowest vaccination rates for children in the entire city, with 21% of adolescents receiving at least 1 dose and only 17% of those fully vaccinated. Overall, the community has the fourth lowest vaccination rates in the five boroughs, with 64% of all residents with one dose and 57% fully vaccinated.
Tottenville, Staten Island (10307) has the second lowest pediatric vaccination rates at 27% first dose and 25% fully vaccinated. Overall, the community at the southwestern tip of The Rock has a first-rate rate of 66% (the seventh-lowest number in New York City) and a fully vaccinated rate of 61%.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the areas with the highest number of pediatric vaccinations were also among the New York City communities with the best overall vaccination rates.
Leading was the Chelsea / NoMad / West Chelsea area (10001), which has 99% of all young people with at least one dose and 98% fully vaccinated. The area registers that 99% of all residents are completely vaccinated against COVID-19.
Three areas of Manhattan’s financial district (10004, 10005, and 10006) have 99% of all children and 99% of all residents fully vaccinated.
Vaccination rates, as well as the spread of COVID-19, appear to be under greater control in the coming week as Governor Kathy Hochul reconsiders a mask mandate in all schools – something that a contingent of parents and politicians seek to have completed.
Although vaccination rates are not expected to change much in a week’s time, the spread of COVID-19 across the city continues to decline day by day.
The city’s 7-day positivity rate was down to 2.31% per. February 18, with only 109 suspected COVID-19 cases reported across the city on February 15. The transfer rate for the whole city of 83.08 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants are now solidly below what is considered “very high transmission.”
Only one area in New York City recorded a 7-day positivity rate above 5% between 9-15. February: Annadale / Rossville, Staten Island (10312), which had a positivity rate of 5.03% and 69 new cases during the period.
Two other communities had a positivity of over 4%: Charleston / Prince’s Bay / Woodrow, Staten Island (10309, 4.46%, 37 new cases) and Flushing / Murray Hill, Queens (11354, 4.39%, 47 new cases ).
Only one neighborhood registered more than 100 new COVID-19 cases between 9-15. February: Manhattan Valley / Morningside Heights / Upper West Side (10025), which recorded 105 new infections and a positivity of 2.12%.