State officials said Saturday that the number of people vaccinated in New York City has jumped by just over 10,000 in a single day.
Governor Cathy Hochhol’s office reports that a total of 10,577 additional people in the five boroughs have been dismembered in the past 24 hours.
The increase came as the city’s deadline for its workers to receive a jab on Friday evening approaches.
The cash reward for those vaccinated likely helped speed up the last-second leap: City employees who started their own series of vaccinations when the mandate was announced on October 20 were offered a $500 paycheck as an incentive.
“Never doubt the people who serve our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.
By Friday, a total of 22,999 New Yorkers had received their first dose of the vaccine, and 18,832 had completed their series of vaccinations, according to Hochhol’s office. Overall, 32 New Yorkers have died statewide from the virus, including five in the Big Apple.