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Cuomo updates New Yorkers on distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

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Moses Kuwema

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday updated New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine after the first four weeks of availability for non-long term care facilities. 

The State's vaccine supply is determined by the federal government, and although more than 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the COVID vaccine, next week, the state will receive only 250,000 doses from the federal government. 

To date, New York's health care distribution sites have administered 83 percent of doses received from the federal government. These sites administered an additional 73,336 doses over the prior 24-hour period.

"We are in a footrace to get the vaccine into the arms of eligible New Yorkers as quickly and equitably as possible," Governor Cuomo said.

"However, we now have 7 million New Yorkers vying for a fraction of doses made available to use by the federal government. We need Washington to step up and increase New York's supply to make sure everyone who wants the vaccine has the opportunity to get it."

Governor Cuomo said since federal supply severely limits the ability to distribute vaccines, New Yorkers were encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment. 

He said New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals far exceed the vaccine supply coming from the federal government. 

Governor Cuomo said next week, New York will only receive 250,000 doses from the federal government for a universe of over 7 million people who are eligible.

And New York City recorded 285 new hospitalizations on Friday, with 4,645 new cases representing 8.6 percent positivity rate of the seven-day average.

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