The number of people being vaccinated in New York City has risen by just over 10,000 in a day, state officials said Saturday.
A total of 10,577 more people in the five boroughs have been uncovered over the past 24 hours, Governor Kathy Hochul’s office reported.
The rise came as the city’s deadline for its workers to get the shot threatened Friday night.
A cash reward for those who are vaccinated has likely helped speed up the jump at the last second: City employees who began their vaccine series when the mandate was announced on Oct. 20 have been offered a $ 500 paycheck as an incentive.
“Never doubt the people who serve our city. They will not stop until the job is done,” tweeted Mayor Bill De Blasio.
By Friday, a total of 22,999 New Yorkers had received their first vaccine dose, and 18,832 completed their vaccine series, according to Hochul’s office. In total, 32 New Yorkers across the country died of the virus, including five in the Big Apple.