New Yorkers are turning out in growing numbers to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.  New York state has reported that over the last 24 hours, over 138,000 New Yorkers have received their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine.

With cases steadily on the rise in Western New York, the Governor is urging all state residents to get their vaccination;

"Let us all continue to get vaccinated, get the booster shot, and encourage our family members and fellow New Yorkers to do the same," Governor Hochul said. "We know the tools to limit the spread and prevent serious illness from the COVID-19 virus, let's use them. The vaccine is safe, effective, and our best hope for moving past this pandemic. We will get through this together."

Some numbers from across the Empire State, regarding the Vaccine from the Governors Office:

  • Total vaccine doses administered - 30,759,134
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 138,694
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 881,149
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 86.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 78.8%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 91.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 81.2%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 74.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 67.4%

Here in Western New York, we continue to have some of the worst positivity rates in the state.  Niagara County leads the way at 11.2%, followed by Chautauqua at 10.7%, and Erie County at 8.0% according to New York State.  Genesee County has the worst rate in the state currently, at 12.8%.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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