40% of eligible New Yorkers have gotten COVID booster shot

The booster effort in New York City needs a shot in the arm!

Mayor Bill de Blasio and city health experts have repeatedly emphasized that booster shots are the key weapon in the Big Apple’s war to check the hyper-contagious Omicron variant — but just 40 percent of eligible New Yorkers have gotten that extra dose of vaccination, records show.

So far, 1.7 million residents of the five boroughs have gotten their booster — which accounts for just two-fifths of the 4.3 million New Yorkers who are eligible, according to Health Department data provided Wednesday in response to repeated Post inquiries.

It’s the first time that city officials have provided an exact percentage of booster uptake so far — though de Blasio implicitly acknowledged it was insufficient by rolling out a $100 gift card incentive to cajole New Yorkers into getting that extra dose.

New York City officials are urging all those eligible to get COVID-19 booster shots.
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“The real key to this is — the foundation is vaccination and that’s why we’re doubling down on vaccination,” de Blasio during an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday, in which he touted the program.

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“We had doctors … talking about the huge impact the booster makes in terms of repelling, Omicron, and minimizing the impact to Omicron — 1.7 million New Yorkers have already gotten the booster, but there’s a lot more people who could.”