Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 22, 2021
Governor Cuomo has announced the roll up your sleeves initiative attempting to get churches on board to serve as vaccination centers. New York Ranks 41st out of the 50 states in percentage of the population vaccinated with only 12.4 percent of people in New York having received both doses of the vaccine. Cuomo Says that the reason New York is so far behind is because of mistrust. Governor Cuomo also announced that vaccines are now available to people 50 years of age and up.
Now pharmacies in New York can vaccinate the same people that previously only vaccination sites and pop up clinics could. Until Sunday pharmacies have been able to vaccinate people who were over the age of 60 or teachers. Now people 16 and over with comorbidities such as cancer, Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, those who are severely obese or have liver disease.
Regulations for indoor and outdoor gatherings are being relaxed a little today. Private outdoor gatherings can now have up to 25 people. Private indoor gatherings are still limited to 10 people. Public indoor gatherings are capped at 100 people. Public outdoor gatherings can be up to 200.
Gas prices are still going up albeit a bit more slowly. Over the past week gas in Batavia went up by a penny to 2.85 for a gallon of regular. The NYS average is also up a penny to 2.91. The national average went up 2 cents. Demand is still on the rise but the price of oil is dropping so experts at Gas Buddy believe the price will come down a bit in the near future.