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Gov. Hochul says Broome County needs to ‘step up’ with vaccines

Gov. Hochul at Decker College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Johnson City
Gov. Hochul at Decker College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Johnson City(WBNG/Jack Cooper)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 4:41 PM EDT
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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Governor Kathy Hochul was at the Decker College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Johnson City Monday morning to vouch for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I need this area to step up,” Governor Hochul said, referring to Broome County’s vaccination rate. She said the infection rate in the county is around 3.2%.

Additionally, Hochul said 67% of people 18-years-old or older are fully vaccinated in the county. Statewide, that number is 77% for people at least 18-years-old. 87% of people statewide have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Hochul said.

“We cannot declare a victory over this pandemic until we hit higher numbers of people being vaccinated,” Hochul said. “Then we won’t have t worry about masks and all these other restrictions.”

Hochul received the Moderna COVID-19 booster shot after her remarks. She said she “didn’t even feel” the shot.

Hochul joined Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger at the news conference for the grand opening of the Decker College of Nursing & Health Sciences building.

“We are thrilled to also be transforming the urban core of Johnson City,” President Stenger said. “Our strategy of targeting downtown communities for our expansion efforts paid off in Binghamton and now is having similar, positive impacts in the village.”

The first students were welcomed into the building earlier this year. The building was formerly the Endicott Shoe Box Factory. It is located on Corliss Avenue.