Travel is expected to pick up as the holiday season nears and health officials are adjusting accordingly. CBS New York has announced that the COVID-19 booster shot will be available to all New York City residents above the age of 18 moving forward.
"I’m issuing a commissioner’s advisory to all health care providers emphasizing our guidance and ensuring there are no access barriers. Clinicians should allow adult patients to determine their own risk of exposure, based on their individual circumstances. In practice, this means that providers should not turn a patient away if they request a booster as long as they are 18 and older and it has been at least 6 months since a Moderna or Pfizer dose or at least 2 months since a Johnson & Johnson dose," NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi tweeted.
"Booster doses are available at sites across the city or you can have someone come directly to your home. Remember that booster doses of all three vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are now available."
While the number of new COVID-19 cases in the city remains low, Chokshi says the city is "seeing an uptick" as the temperature drops. However, he did note that the uptick was "anticipated" and he offered easy tips for local residents in the midst of the pandemic.
"An update on NYC’s COVID-19 situation: Although hospitalizations remain low right now, we are seeing an uptick in cases in recent days. We had anticipated this might occur as the weather gets cooler and people spend more time indoors," he added.
"Compared to last year, we have MANY more tools to fight COVID-19 and work to keep a winter wave at bay."