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Trying to reach unvaccinated New Yorkers


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Between December and April, the rate of vaccination in New York City was on the rise, and new daily records were set for weekly doses. However, the last few weeks have shown the opposite: a downward trend.

Part of this is due to the success of the vaccination campaign. In the city, 59 percent of adults received a dose, compared with 48 percent across the country. In New York, pandemic restrictions are largely lifted as positivity rates and hospital stays decline.

However, the slow pace also reflects the dwindling demand as groups of people across the city choose not to get vaccinated or have problems getting doses for various reasons. The city is now making an effort to reach these groups, especially in predominantly black and Latin American neighborhoods.

[The city is turning to door-to-door outreach to overcome vaccine skepticism.]

Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are significantly less likely to be vaccinated than other groups. In the city, only 33 percent of black adults have received a vaccine dose. For Hispanic adults, the rate is 42 percent. Approximately 50 percent of white adults received at least one dose, and 70 percent of Asian adults received one dose.

Public health officials in New York City are urging community groups to knock on doors to reach out to unvaccinated people individually. The city has also hired companies to promote vaccination on street corners, especially in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The racial differences are partly due to different levels of access, with health care and vaccine distribution being more robust in some parts of the city than in others. Mayor Bill de Blasio noted that another thing holding people back is convenience – it’s just not easy enough for everyone to get vaccinated just yet.

However, skepticism about vaccine safety is a major contributing factor to hesitation, interviews showed.

Anthony Lopez, 41, who lives in Jamaica, Queens, where the vaccination rate is around 40 percent, said he has no plans to get vaccinated anytime soon.

“I’ll definitely wait for more people to take it and they’ll probably make some changes to it,” he said, “and maybe I’ll be able to make a better decision in a few years – not now.” although.”

City officials last week launched a campaign urging doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers in parts of the Bronx and Brooklyn to recommend vaccinations for patients. The city has also announced that it will donate up to $ 9 million to community organizations to help raise awareness about vaccines. The city has also deployed vaccination buses to the neighborhoods.

Part of the range is knocking on doors.

Tomas Ramos, an organizer of the Bronx Rising Initiative, and two colleagues recently knocked on every door at Webster Houses, a public housing project, asking for vaccinations.

Sometimes people would say through locked doors that they would not be vaccinated. On the 13th floor, Biency Paulino opened the door and said her family had not left the apartment for two and a half months because of Covid-19.

Still, she said, they are unlikely to be vaccinated. It was up to God whether or not she got Covid-19, she said, and whether or not she died.


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Michael Paulson of the Times writes:

Drama Book Shop, a quirky 104-year-old Manhattan specialty store that has long been a haven for aspiring artists and screenwriters, is reopening next month with a new location, look, and starred new store team from owners.

These new owners – “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as the show’s director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and theater owner James L. Nederlander – said on Wednesday that the store will have its delay reopening Nov. 10. June.

The opening at 266 West 39th Street is a sign of the team’s confidence in Times Square, which has been largely without theater since March 12, 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic forced Broadway to close. Broadway shows are not planning to resume performances until September, but rather the new ones Owners say they are ready for business.

[Read more about the plan to reopen the Drama Book Shop.]

The “Hamilton” team bought the Drama Book Shop, which was last located on West 40th Street, in early 2019 after years of struggling to weather the challenges of Manhattan real estate, e-commerce, and even a harmful flood. Mr. Kail had a particular passion for the bookstore, where he directed a small theater company in his early years as a professional; Mr. Miranda accompanied him there to work on In the Heights, a musical directed by Mr. Kail. “In the Heights” has been turned into a movie that will be released on June 11, the day after the bookstore opened.

The new owners had initially hoped to reopen the store in late 2019 and then early 2020, but the project was delayed first by the vicissitudes of construction and then by the pandemic. The new store was designed by David Korins, the set designer for “Hamilton”, and includes a café.

The store encourages visitors to make reservations online. Capacity is limited.

It’s Thursday – act quickly.


Dear Diary:

One weekend, my wife plucked up the courage to do what she hadn’t brought herself to in a few months: bring her beloved pair of worn but broken boots to the textile drop-off point at the local farmers’ market.

As we approached the delivery tent, I found my wife was a few steps behind me. With a touch of mockery, I said to the companion there that she needed a minute to say goodbye to her old boots.

He responded by walking up to her and pulling out his keys.

“I see,” he said, pointing to a thin strip of black fabric that was taped to his key ring. “That’s all that’s left of ‘Patches’, my favorite coat. ‘Patches’ got me through basic training and a lot more. “

My wife gently placed her boots in the donation box.

“Are you going to take good care of my boots?” She asked.

The companion assured her that he would.

– Chris Hartmann


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