NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Major Bill de Blasio has announced more events celebrating New York City’s progress, but they are only for those who are vaccinated.
The iconic Apollo Theater will host what the mayor calls a show – a concert next week with numerous acts as the city builds its Homecoming Week celebrations. Tickets are free and only for vaccinated people.
The celebration of the New York City homecoming concerts continued in Brooklyn on Thursday.
“Yes, the first big event since restrictions began to be lifted,” said concert goer Jacob Cross.
“With the upturn in the Delta variant, I think it’s a concern that you have to handle to the best of your ability,” said concert goer Sedale Ziegler.
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“I appreciate that they have the concert. I can’t imagine there will be social distancing, ”Forest Hills resident Suzanne Carter told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
Carter can’t risk the possibility of a breakthrough infection. A cancer survivor, he walked in to Walgreens for his booster this week.
The general population is expected to begin receiving third doses in September. Meanwhile, after watching her mother die of COVID, she is disappointed in those who have yet to receive the first one.
“Some people are careless or thoughtless,” Carter said. “People think it won’t happen to them until it does.”
So far, 75% of all adults in New York City have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 56% of the city’s 12 to 17-year-olds have received at least one dose.
More than 80,000 have received that $ 100 incentive get vaccinated.
The city is now asking the PTAs for help and telling them they will receive $ 100 for each student and family member they sign up.
VACCINE FOR COVID-19
Earlier this week, covered businesses such as gyms, bars, and restaurants started checking proof of vaccination status of clients.
With the rise of fake vaccine cards, CBS2’s Alice Gainer asked the mayor what the city is doing to help workers spot a fake.
“If you think, ‘Oh, I’m going to be cute, I’ll take a vaccination card and alter it’ and then you go and get somewhere, you just proved that you committed an illegal act with serious and serious penalties. So my message to everyone is don’t even think about it, ”de Blasio said. “We will definitely provide training … Definitely a lot of dialogue with restaurants, bars, theaters, etcetera.”
Meanwhile, two large city parades have just interrupted this year’s march.
the There will be no West Indies Day Parade in Brooklyn. Instead, organizers say small face-to-face and virtual events will take place.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade has also been canceled due to COVID concerns.
In New Jersey, the city of Long Branch canceled the marathon and half marathon scheduled for this fall.
All eyes are now on the New York City Marathon in November and other races.
“I think everyone is still excited about it. I don’t think it’s going to stop people from training, ”said one person.
“I run the Hartford Marathon in October, so I keep my fingers crossed for that to happen,” said runner Jordan McMeans.
The New York Road Runners says it is still on and in a statement told CBS2 in part: “We will continue to work closely with the CDC, the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the New York City. and under the direction of medical and public health experts. “
But some are confused as to why some great outdoor events can be held and others cannot.
“Not everyone is on the same page, and that is one of the biggest problems in society, the biggest problem in this pandemic,” said Javier Andino.
Doctors say that these concerts where people have to show proof of vaccination are safer than parades where the whole public is invited, but there are still risks for both.
“You are in a lower risk community just by creating the ability to say that you can only go to the concert if you are vaccinated, whereas something like a parade, which takes place on public streets, you have no way of controlling your crowd. and therefore, he’s going to have vaccinated by mixing with unvaccinated people, ”said Dr. Eric Cioe-Peña, Northwell Health director of global health.
Although the risk outdoors is low, he says, “When you get to a certain density of people, you will see transmission, especially if people don’t wear masks.”
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont has issued a new back to school rule for all K-12 teachers and staff.
“It is a vaccine mandate. It goes into effect on September 27, ”he said. “If you’re still not sure, you know, you can try.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is expected to announce a similar plan soon.
CBS2’s Jessica Layton contributed to this report.