IN DEPTH: NYC Health Commissioner on COVID fatigue

People walk past a Covid testing site on May 17, 2022 in New York City.
People walk past a COVID testing site on May 17, 2022, in New York City. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — COVID cases in the city are stable, but there are concerns about what happens as the weather gets colder.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan says this new omicron-specific vaccine is the most effective to date.

"Just like you would update your iPhone or update any technology for better features, this vaccine has been updated," he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting up to 1,000 deaths per day across the country this winter.

The commissioner said "we have been through a lot" since 2020, acknowledging that people are "rightfully fatigued." However, he argued that the pandemic is "not done with us."

Vasan said science matters and so does public health.

A big problem in recent years has been misinformation.

"We need to have a really open and public conversation about what prevention is, what public health is [and] what we believe in," Vasan added. "What do we promote as a society?"

He's hoping trust in public health can be restored.

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