Tag Archives: Andrew Cuomo

NY: Moving Forward

With the pandemic still ravaging lives everywhere the state of New York is hoping to move forward thanks to the vaccine and a hopeful light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.  According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, there is a need for substantially more vaccines in the region. He is disappointed by the federal government not providing an adequate level of production. Still with the hopeful construction of the mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium, more vaccines will follow.

Since the spike in cases that came from holiday gatherings has now past its peak, there has been more leniency in lifting restrictions on restaurants, places of worship etc.  Yet there still needs to be extra caution taken because of the density of the population of NYC. It is hoped that there will be an allowance for restaurants – in the very near future – to be able to operate at 25 percent.

Personal care and retail stores can operate at 50 percent; fitness centers at 33 percent.

Vaccine Eligibility

More New Yorkers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as Governor Andrew Cuomo widened the scope to include everyone from 65 years and older.  While this has resulted in some organizational obstacles, officials hope they will be ironed out quickly. Unfortunately there have already been delays in distributing the vaccine, largely because of state and local feuding, Cuomo’s $1m fine for failure to adhere to distribution regulations and other poor decision-making.

And, for those who are getting the vaccine in New York, there could be an extra stimulus to be had….a free bag of weed. The endeavor – dubbed Joints for Jabs – is being offered though a combined effort of local growers and the DCMJ. According to DC Marijuana Justice co-founder Nikolas Schiller, the idea behind this is as a way of “safely celebrat[ing] the end of the pandemic…nothing brings people together like cannabis.”