Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Memorial Day Weekend is upon the United States and the country is gearing up for a day filled with day barbeque, beer served up with a side of Corona vaccine. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that New York City will disperse buses at beaches and parks over the Memorial Day weekend offering free Covid-19 vaccinations. The United States is still recovering from the insurmountable deaths in the wake of the pandemic. It was reported that at least 40% of the population is fully vaccinated, however, there remains a large number of individuals that haven't been vaccinated yet.
According to the mayor, 9000 people have been vaccinated in the city and this initiative will aim to expand the program to cover more individuals including disabled and elderly folks. The buses will be posted at Brighton Beach, the Rockaways, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park and Governors Island, he said.
The Mayor said in a statement, "We're going to go the extra mile, whatever it takes," said de Blasio. "You're going to see our vaccine buses out all over New York City the next few days. Go, get vaccinated, hit the beach. Real simple."
Memorial Day Weekend is a federal holiday in the United States. It's a day when people get together in hordes to pay respect to the men and women who lost their lives serving the military.
Last year, the event was labelled as a super spreader as the virus was still rampant in the country and there was no cure in sight. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that more than half the adult population in the states have been vaccinated, and this Memorial day will only serve as another super spreader event.
"If you are not vaccinated, I want to encourage you to take this holiday weekend to give yourself and your family the gift of protection by getting vaccinated," Walensky said. "We are on a good downward path, but we are not quite out of the woods yet," CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said at the White House coronavirus briefing Tuesday.
The CDC urged the unvaccinated to be vigilant and follow the CDC guidelines as they are at risk of infection.
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