Nearly 80,000 New Yorkers who have tested positive for COVID-19 are fully vaccinated. Breakthrough cases reported to the New York State Health Department were 78,416, as of September 20, 2021, according to Governor Kathy Hochul's COVID-19 update,

The breakthrough data shows that as of September 20, 2021, the New York State Department of Health is aware of 78,416 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.7% of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older. Also, 5,555 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.05% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

On December 11, 2020, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in people 16 years of age or older. However, it wasn't until the spring of 2021 that the multiple vaccines were approved by the FDA and administered to the masses.

According to the COVID-19 update released by the Governor's Office on September 24 (with data for the previous day - September 23), there were 198,847 test results reported to the state. Of those, 4,814 were positive - a rate of 2.42 percent. New York's first female Governor warned New Yorkers that we still have a ways to go in fighting against the deadly virus,

"The COVID-19 pandemic isn't over and it's critical that we continue to make progress getting shots in arms throughout the state to keep New Yorkers healthy and safe. We're implementing mask requirements in schools and facilities to keep children and their parents safe, but those measures alone won't defeat this pandemic—we need to get everyone who's eligible vaccinated immediately. If you haven't received your shot and are eligible, it's vitally important that you get it as soon as possible at one of the many sites located around the state."

Gov. Hochul also announced the launch of a new website that provides data on variants of COVID-19.

You can call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX to find a vaccination location near you.

Here’s Where You’ll Need to Show Proof of Vaccination In WNY [List]

- KeyBank Center Now Requires Proof of Vaccination
- Buffalo Bills Fans Must be Vaccinated to Attend Games
- Shea's Performing Arts Center Announces Vaccine Requirement
- The University at Buffalo is Requiring All Students and Visitors be Vaccinated
- Buffalo State College Students Must Be Vaccinated
- Students Attending Erie Community College Must Get Vaccinated

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