New York's health care distribution sites have administered 89% of total first doses received from federal government
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 106,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York in 24 hours. As of 11 a.m., New York's health care distribution sites have received 2,002,055 first doses and already administered 89% (1,787,189) first-dose vaccinations and 81% of first and second doses. The week 9 allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.
"We've hit a significant milestone in the COVID war. Our infection rate continues to come down and more than 10% of New Yorkers have now received the first dose of the vaccine." Cuomo said. "That's due in large part to our expansive vaccination network of providers, pop up and mass vaccination sites that improve access and equity in the vaccine distribution process. With a trusted partner in the White House working to increase both production and supply of the vaccine, we can and have remained laser-focused on getting each week's supply into as many arms as quickly and fairly as possible while continuing to bolster public trust in the vaccine. We still have a long way to go, but we're headed in the right direction and I'm confident New York will be the first COVID-free state."
Approximately 7 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government has increased the weekly supply by more than 20% over the next three weeks, but New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.