Who will receive New York's COVID-19 vaccines first?
Dec 05 2020
There are about 85,000 nursing home residents and about 130,000 staff in NY. The companies will send the necessary second doses of the medicine roughly three weeks later to fully inoculate those recipients.
The state expects to receive additional vaccine allocations from Pfizer and Moderna before the year's end.
" The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine will be enough for 170,000 New Yorkers".
The past two days, Cuomo has offered a new metric that he says is most telling: the percentage of a region's residents who are in the hospital at any given time. The Governor said, "the vaccine should be available everywhere, no matter the race, religion, everything". The governor said hospital-based health-care workers in the state would be vaccinated after people who live and work in nursing homes. "As we move forward into the winter, addressing living room spread will be one of the biggest challenges in the fight against COVID-19, and we can do it, but only if New Yorkers stay smart".
The state reported 60 more Covid-19 related deaths in the past day.
The first vaccines to arrive will target seniors and staff in nursing homes, and health care workers, Cuomo said.
"The COVID-19 vaccination plan announced today by the Governor for nursing home residents and staff is thoughtful and will safeguard residents, staff and communities throughout NY". There are about 600,000 health care workers in the state.
Cuomo called the process of distributing the vaccine the "largest governmental operation undertaken since World War II", and that he has appointed former Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz to lead the effort.
He says that will most likely be sometime between June and September.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he's on board with a proposal from Democrats in Congress to offer partial relief for states whose economies have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he said it would only be a stopgap measure. "I would urge them to get this first down payment bill before they leave", Cuomo said.
However, he trusted that the State of NY will carry out "the most effective vaccination program in the whole country", as, he said, they have "ability to do it".