Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 12.1 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of 11AM today, New York's health care distribution sites have administered 98 percent of first doses received for week 1-9 first doses. The week 10 allocation from the federal government has been delayed due to winter storms impacting much of the country - New York continues to monitor the situation and work with providers and federal partners to address these shipping issues. New York's health care distribution sites have administered 88 percent of doses so far delivered.
"We've bounced back from the post-holiday surge and our infection rate is at the lowest rate since before the holiday season - that's great news, but we must remain vigilant because this war isn't won until every New Yorker has been inoculated and New York is COVID-free," Governor Cuomo said. "Despite the limited weekly supply, New York's vast distribution network and community efforts have been working to get shots in arms as quickly and fairly as possible, we've administered over 3.5 million shots, but we simply need more doses. We're now also seeing delays in the week 10 shipment of vaccines due to extreme weather conditions and are working with the federal government and our distribution sites on the ground to minimize the impact this has on New Yorkers."
Approximately 10 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government has increased the weekly supply by more than 20 percent 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.
The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. Starting next week, local health departments will also receive vaccine allocations for these individuals. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:
Doctor's letter, or
Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state's vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government's Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York State as of 11AM today is as follows. Beginning week 9, allocation totals are inclusive of some excess vaccine doses that have been reallocated from the federal Long Term Care Facility program. The allocation totals below include 40 percent of the week 10 allocation which is expected to finish being distributed to New York provider sites on Sunday.