Witnesses say people ran for cover as the gunshots rang out during the broad daylight shooting.
JOE TORRES: I’m Joe Torres with a look at some of the local coronavirus headlines. Millions of additional New Yorkers are now eligible to get vaccinated. Beginning today, all New York residents ages 30 and up can sign up for appointments and get the vaccine. On top of that, Mayor de Blasio designated three locations where residents 75 and older can walk up without an appointment.
BILL DE BLASIO: We will get to the 5 million fully vaccinated New Yorkers by June. That’s the number one factor here, continuing expand of vaccination, getting more supply, getting people who were previously hesitant in, and we definitely see a reduction in the hesitancy, Arthur, and that’s crucial, more and more people willing to get vaccinated. So I think we can redouble a number of our efforts to educate people, to distribute masks. There’s a lot we can do before we think about adding additional consequences.
– It was like four hours of refreshing the page, and I think at 8:30 last night, a whole block of appointments opened up.
– Didn’t you feel like you won the lottery?
– I mean, it’s a huge relief just to know that myself and my wife and everyone is safe.
JOE TORRES: Meanwhile, with the Major League Baseball season starting this week, the Yankees are showing fans the steps they are taking to keep people safe and healthy. Fans will be seated in pods separated by empty seats. There will be COVID rules posted all throughout the stadium along with hand sanitizer dispensers.
– We worked with industry experts. We collaborated with anybody that we could. Our owners were intimately involved in the process to make sure that we were approaching this in the most strategic way possible.
JOE TORRES: Now, capacity will be capped at 20%, and fans must be tested and wear face coverings. We’ll have much more on the pandemic beginning on Eyewitness News first at 4:00. Meteorologist, Jeff Smith, also will tell us when the spring weather will return. It all starts at 4:00.
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