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Queens reached a milestone in the fight against Covid-19 last Thursday when its one millionth resident got the first dose of the vaccine, making the World’s Borough the first county in the state to reach that mark.

“One year ago today, Queens was the epicenter of the epicenter of the world’s worst public health crisis in more than a century,” Borough President Donovan Richards said in a prepared statement announcing the milestone. “To go from those dark days to this afternoon, as Queens becomes the first county in the State to have 1 million residents receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, is a testament to the unrivaled strength and resilience of our borough.

For Richmond Hill’s Indo-Caribbean community, the one-year anniversary of the pandemic marked a somber period that highlighted the hurdles the community still has to face in the coming months.

It also presented the community an opportunity to do something that has largely not been possible due to the nature of virus: to grieve together.


Roughly half of eligible New Yorkers should be able to get vaccinated, according to Gov. Cuomo, but there aren’t enough shots for everyone.