Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

De Blasio noted that over 8.5 million people have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and now the city is at its “lowest COVID levels” since the crisis began in full force last March.

“We keep setting new and better records. Pushing COVID down, down, down. Why? Because of vaccinations,” said de Blasio.

According to the city’s health department data, Manhattan still leads with the most fully vaccinated adults, followed by Queens and Staten Island. Demographics for fully vaccinated people include older adults aged 65 to 74, those identified as white and Asian/Native/Pacific Islander, and women.

Black and Hispanic or Latinx residents of all ages still rate among the lowest in vaccinations across all boroughs, with the exception of Queens, reported the health department.

“We’re fighting COVID everyday and we’re building a recovery for all of us. And even though we’re dealing with challenges related to gun violence, thank God we can see and feel the recovery around us,” said de Blasio. “I was all over the city this weekend. So many people out, so many people engaging again and feeling the freedom because we’ve been fighting back COVID. You can see the level of activity rising.”

De Blasio said the next step is to vaccinate the youth and offer incentives for any person still holding out on getting vaccinated.

In order to amplify the citywide return of the city pre-COVID, de Blasio also announced that the city is planning an epic homecoming concert in Central Park slated for sometime in August.

De Blasio emphasized the concert’s intentions to draw people back to the city as well as highlight New York artists.

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