"Today, our country marks an unthinkable milestone - one million lives lost due to COVID-19. These were mothers, fathers, children, siblings, friends and neighbors, and I don't want any more New Yorkers to go through the pain of losing a loved one to this awful virus.
"Thankfully, we have the tools to fight COVID-19 and save lives. Vaccines and boosters are effective and provide the highest level of protection. More than 3 in 4 of all New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, and over half of all eligible New Yorkers have received a booster dose -- but that still isn't enough.
"I encourage every New Yorker ages 5 and over to get vaccinated, and every New Yorker ages 12 and older to also get their booster doses if eligible. I know first-hand how tests can help stop the spread to our vulnerable loved ones, so be sure to get tested, and if you test positive, ask your doctor immediately about getting treatment.
"These tools have made the difference, which is why it's critical that Congress pass additional federal funding to ensure that we are prepared to respond to COVID-19 in the future.
"As we mark today's tragic milestone, let's remain vigilant against this virus and continue to look out for each other so we can move safely forward through this pandemic."
If we have all the tools and vaccines how then did you Governor Kathy Hochul catch COVID when you were vaccinated?