Albany, NY (AP) – According to the latest federal figures, nearly two-thirds of New York residents have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
About 12.7 million of New York’s 20 million residents have been fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s the seventh highest percentage of any state—below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
The southern and eastern parts of New York state have the highest vaccination rates: more than three-quarters of Hamilton County residents in the Adirondacks are fully vaccinated.
Roughly 73% of residents in Manhattan and Queens of New York City have been fully vaccinated.
But western and central counties have the lowest vaccination rates: Only 38% are fully vaccinated in Allegheny County, which is home to about 47,000 people.
Meanwhile, the number of people with confirmed COVID-19 in New York hospitals is declining: 2,115 as of Friday.
This is down from the peak of the decline of about 2,476 patients on September 13.
The Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley have the highest rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Hospitalization rates are seen to be higher in some communities with low vaccination rates.
About 53% of residents in Broome County, home of Binghamton, have been fully vaccinated.
County hospitals reported 92 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Saturday, a 39% increase from the previous week.
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