Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of 11AM today, New York's health care distribution sites have administered 92 percent of 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 89 percent of total doses so far delivered.
"From establishing new mass vaccination sites in partnership with the federal government to working with community and faith leaders to bring the vaccine directly into underserved communities, New York is leaving no stone unturned in terms of finding ways to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine quickly and fairly," Governor Cuomo said. "Through our expansive network of vaccine providers, New York is ready to administer as many as 100,000 doses a day. However, for that to happen, it's not only going to require continued supply increases from the federal government, but we also must keep working to build trust in the vaccine, especially in communities of color. The fact is the vaccine is the key to reaching the light at the end of the tunnel - it's safe, it's effective and it will defeat COVID, just as long as everybody buys in and we will keep doing everything possible to make that happen."
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 60 percent of the week 10 allocation.