Limited-Edition Comic Books for Children Getting Vaccinated

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Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced new incentives Wednesday for New Yorkers getting vaccinated, and shared analysis on rising Covid-19 case charges within the metropolis.

Mr. De Blasio acknowledged the priority over breakthrough instances throughout a information convention, however pointed to metropolis knowledge exhibiting that solely zero.33 % of absolutely vaccinated New Yorkers have been identified with the coronavirus. At 96.9 %, he mentioned, unvaccinated individuals account for the overwhelming majority of all the town’s Covid-19 hospitalizations.

Mr. De Blasio mentioned that 75 % of adults in New York had acquired no less than one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. As of Wednesday, greater than 10.5 million vaccine doses had been administered within the metropolis.

“New York City is showing the entire nation what it looks like to get people vaccinated,” Mr. De Blasio mentioned.

[Read the latest on Covid-19 and the Delta variant.]

A brand new incentive for youngsters

In an effort to extend vaccinations amongst younger individuals forward of their return to high school within the fall, Mr. de Blasio introduced a brand new incentive: Starting this week, youngsters 12 and up who obtain their first dose at one in every of three city-run websites co-sponsored by SOMOS Community Care and Marvel Entertainment will obtain an unique limited-edition comedian e-book, “Avengers: We Are Resilient.”

The e-book tells a narrative of the Avengers, frontline well being care heroes and a Latino household uniting to distribute details about vaccines to construct belief inside Black, brown and Latino communities. Participating websites are in Times Square, Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, and 368 E 149th St. within the Bronx.

“Captain America started out as a skinny kid from Brooklyn, OK?” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “Skinny kid from Brooklyn becomes a superhero. You, too, all my young viewers, you too can become a superhero if you get vaccinated.”

“Covid is like Thanos,” Mr. De Blasio went on, referencing the primary villain in the newest “Avengers” movies, “out to hurt millions of people around the globe.”

Most of the town’s optimistic Covid-19 diagnoses are unvaccinated

Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, the town’s well being commissioner, repeatedly urged individuals to get vaccinated, citing metropolis analysis exhibiting those that are unvaccinated are at far better danger of an infection and hospitalization.

“In the most recent weeks, people who are unvaccinated are 13 times more likely to be hospitalized compared to people who are fully vaccinated,” Dr. Chokshi mentioned. “And they are at least three times more likely to be infected.”

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Updated Aug. 25, 2021, 7:39 p.m. ETMaine’s Episcopal diocese orders employees and clergy to be vaccinated.Hawaii hospitals are overwhelmed with Covid sufferers.A research finds that myocarditis is extra widespread after Covid than after vaccination.

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A Rutgers University soccer participant introduced he could be transferring out of the college due to its Covid-19 vaccine mandate. [NBC New York]

New York City’s largest police union advised its members that it will sue the town if officers are required to get vaccinated. [New York Post]

The first group of Afghan refugees to be airlifted to New Jersey arrived in Trenton earlier this week. [PIX 11]

And lastly: The Grand Prospect Hall’s new house owners file for demolition

The Times’ Ashley Wong (hey, that’s me!) writes:

For nearly 40 years, New Yorkers knew the Grand Prospect Hall by one easy phrase: “We make your dreams come true!”

Now, the dreamland could quickly be demolished: The new proprietor of the constructing, an iconic Victorian banquet corridor, has utilized for it to be torn down, public information present.

Purchased by Michael and Alice Halkias in 1981, the Grand Prospect Hall turned well-known for its campy, low-budget tv commercials, which had been set to hovering orchestral music and featured the couple throwing out their arms and making their signature promise. So widespread had been the adverts that they had been spoofed by each “Saturday Night Live” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

But the venue took a number of main hits through the coronavirus pandemic, starting with the constructing’s closure in March 2020, adopted by the demise of Mr. Halkias that May from issues of Covid-19.

Understand Vaccine and Mask Mandates within the U.S.

Vaccine guidelines. On Aug. 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for individuals 16 and up, paving the way in which for a rise in mandates in each the private and non-private sectors. Private corporations have been more and more mandating vaccines for workers. Such mandates are legally allowed and have been upheld in courtroom challenges.Mask guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July really useful that each one Americans, no matter vaccination standing, put on masks in indoor public locations inside areas experiencing outbreaks, a reversal of the steering it provided in May. See the place the C.D.C. steering would apply, and the place states have instituted their very own masks insurance policies. The battle over masks has change into contentious in some states, with some native leaders defying state bans.College and universities. More than 400 schools and universities are requiring college students to be vaccinated towards Covid-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.Schools. Both California and New York City have launched vaccine mandates for training employees. A survey launched in August discovered that many American mother and father of school-age youngsters are against mandated vaccines for college students, however had been extra supportive of masks mandates for college students, lecturers and employees members who don’t have their photographs.  Hospitals and medical facilities. Many hospitals and main well being programs are requiring workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine, citing rising caseloads fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination charges of their communities, even inside their work pressure.New York City. Proof of vaccination is required of staff and prospects for indoor eating, gyms, performances and different indoor conditions, though enforcement doesn’t start till Sept. 13. Teachers and different training staff within the metropolis’s huge college system might want to have no less than one vaccine dose by Sept. 27, with out the choice of weekly testing. City hospital staff should additionally get a vaccine or be subjected to weekly testing. Similar guidelines are in place for New York State workers.At the federal degree. The Pentagon introduced that it will search to make coronavirus vaccinations obligatory for the nation’s 1.three million active-duty troops “no later” than the center of September. President Biden introduced that each one civilian federal workers must be vaccinated towards the coronavirus or undergo common testing, social distancing, masks necessities and restrictions on most journey.

The constructing was bought in June this 12 months as a part of a $30 million 12-property deal to Angelo Rigas, a contractor, by means of the corporate Gowanus Cubes LLC, public information present.

New Yorkers who held their weddings, birthday events and different occasions on the Grand Prospect Hall through the years expressed shock and devastation over the constructing’s future demise.

Laura Burns, 52, and Peter Sharoff, 49, selected it as their wedding ceremony venue after attending Ms. Burns’ grandmother’s 95th birthday celebration there. Her grandmother advised tales of how she and her associates would go to the Grand Prospect Hall within the 1920s and dance into the wee hours.

“You walk inside, and immediately you cannot decide — is this the most wonderful, almost St. Petersburg-like glamour you have ever seen?” Mr. Sharoff mentioned. “Or is it the most awful, kitschy, tacky place you have ever seen?”

It’s Thursday — make your goals come true.

Metropolitan Diary: Good first date

Dear Diary:

I used to be on an excellent first date in Riverside Park, however I needed to meet associates close to the Museum of Natural History.

Since I used to be new to New York, my date gave me instructions to the closest practice station. We hugged goodbye, and I began to stroll towards West 110th Street, glancing down each 30 seconds at Google Maps.

As I used to be strolling, I heard somebody driving down the road yell, “Hey!”

I pretended to not discover.

“Hey! Hey, you!”

Now different individuals had been me. Oh no.

Reluctantly, I turned my head to see a younger man in a van. He stopped at a purple mild beside me.

“Come here,” he mentioned.

I complied. He was grinning.

“She likes you,” he mentioned.

“She what?”

“It’s all in the body language,” he mentioned.

I stood there, perplexed.

“That woman you were with, giving you directions,” the van man mentioned. “She likes you. I could tell.”

I cracked a smile.

“Thanks, man,” I mentioned. “That’s good news.”

“No problem,” he mentioned. “We’ve got to look out for each other.”

The mild modified and he drove off. I continued strolling, this time with out trying down at Google Maps.

— Ben Cohen

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

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