Sat. May 21st, 2022

NEW YORK (WABC) – The White House says 78% of adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

There is a push to increase vaccinations ahead of what is expected to be a busy holiday travel season.

United Airlines says it plans to fly 3,500 domestic flights in December every single day.

That’s almost as many flights in the air back in 2019.

And United adds that flight searches have risen 16% compared to before the pandemic.

The CDC also reminds Americans of getting their flu shots and says it will help reduce the strain on already overwhelmed hospitals.

Here are several of today’s COVID-19 headlines:

Hochul announces $ 125 million to ease landlord rent
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $ 125 million in government funding is now available to help landlords who were unable to attend the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program due to a federal requirement that tenants participate in the application process. Administered by the State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance and accepting applications from Thursday, October 7, the landlord assistance program provides up to 12 months of overdue rents to landlords who are not eligible for the federally funded program because their tenants either refused to fill out an application or vacate the home with arrears. Landlords who own small to medium-sized properties will be given priority.

“Getting pandemic relief money out the door for New Yorkers has been a top priority for my administration since day one,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud that our state’s rental assistance program has already provided much-needed relief to tens of thousands of New Yorkers, but there are still many small landlords who are not eligible for this relief because of federal regulations that also need our help. This funding is a critical tool to close this gap and help more New Yorkers recover from the pandemic. “

Vaccine mandate threatens more healthcare professionals in NY
Home care institutions throughout New York are preparing for possible staff shortages as another COVID-19 vaccination mandate takes effect. Workers in adult facilities, home health agencies, long-term home health programs and hospice care have until Thursday night to get their first COVID shot. There are about 250,000 home health workers nationwide, and it is estimated that one in five has not been vaccinated.

Nassau County to send $ 375 payments to about 400,000 homeowners affected by the pandemic
Some Nassau County residents have $ 375 on their way after County Executive Laura Curran signed a new pandemic relief program into law. The Nassau County Homeowner Assistance Program or “HAP” provides direct payments to as many as 400,000 homeowners. Most households with an income below $ 168,900 are automatically eligible. Those who earn more must prove that they have been financially harmed as a result of the pandemic. To apply, NassauCountyNY.Gov/HAP.

Pfizer submits EUA request for COVID vaccine to children
Pfizer asked the U.S. government on Thursday to allow the use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 — and if regulators agree, shots could begin within weeks. Many parents and paediatricians demand protection for children under the age of 12, the current age limit for the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Not only can young people sometimes become seriously ill, but keeping them in school can be a challenge, with coronavirus still raging in poorly vaccinated communities.

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