NYC health commissioner discusses COVID-19 ahead of winter months

New York City’s health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan provided updates on the city’s efforts to handle COVID, MPV (monkeypox) and polio amid concerns going into the winter season.

The city has now administered 360,000 bivalent COVID boosters and distributed 60 million at home COVID tests, Dr. Ashwin Vasan said at a briefing last Wednesday morning.

He said he considers the COVID situation in the city good at the moment, but that could change as people come indoors and gather for the holidays.

Heading into winter, and as flu cases start to rise, the city is encouraging residents to get the bivalent COVID booster along with a flu shot.

More than 1,500 providers are offering the new bivalent booster, Vasan said, and a $3 million media campaigning about the new booster is currently running.

“I think everyone’s tired of COVID,” he said. “We’ve been dealing with this for nearly three years, and that’s an understandable feeling. Eventually we will get to the point where we’re treating this as the annual or seasonal vaccine that it is.”

Vasan’s update comes after the Biden Administration said the country doesn’t have enough resources for COVID-19 testing going into the winter months.

The White House said this is due to a lack of congressional funding.

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