New York state is deploying Covid-19 vaccination kits to four additional New York City public housing sites and eight more churches to try and “strengthen fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
“The undeniable fact is that Covid has killed the Black and Latino communities at a higher rate than the white community. There is no getting around that and it's why New York has made ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution such a priority,” he said.
More context: New York state reported a Covid-19 positivity rate of 5.26% on Saturday, down from 5.65% on Friday, Cuomo said during a news conference Saturday.
Overall, hospitalizations are down statewide and New York City has a 5.71% positivity rate. There are 144 more New Yorkers who have died due to Covid-19, Cuomo said.