Mayor Invoice De Blasio warns New York’s COVID vaccine provides might run out subsequent week – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As demand for the COVID vaccine rises, Mayor Bill de Blasio warns that supply could run short next week.
In the meantime, the elderly and frontline workers need to look for a dose.
At Brookdale Hospital, everyone in line at 2:30 p.m. on Friday was told they had made the incision.
“I am so happy here. I’m so happy. I’m sick anyway so I really need the vaccine, ”said Gail Finley of Sheepshead Bay.
Since Tuesday, the hospital has been making COVID vaccines available to anyone who can prove their eligibility, regardless of where they live, with no appointments required.
“My sister found out about it from a neighbor,” said Dale Muken of New Jersey.
The hospital administered 1,200 doses on Thursday and Friday alone, but it’s unclear how long that could take.
De Blasio warns that city-managed locations are becoming scarce.
“We’re going out next week. I’m telling you at this rate there will be no more cans in New York City by the end of next week unless we get a major re-shipment, ”he said.
This supply comes from the federal government, which has expanded the authority without providing more vaccines.
“What mathematically cannot be left behind are 7 million people who hunt 250,000 cans. That’s the math problem you can’t solve, ”said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
And what is left goes quickly.
A new vaccination center for city workers has opened at George Wingate High School in Brooklyn.
“We fight and advocate cans every day. We are not only in constant contact with the city, the state and now with the new federal administration, ”said Henry Munoz from SOMOS Community Care.
The fear is that more locations will have to be temporarily closed, like the one at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
“We call two or three times a day. Each call lasts an hour and a half. And they apologize, we don’t have any vaccines, ”said Juan Suarez of Brooklyn.
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The mayor says if you’ve already had your first dose you should be able to get your second dose at the same place.
The potential deficiency is only for first doses.
Brookdale Hospital will resume providing vaccines next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, New York City is not alone in its lack. Other counties are also fighting.
95 year old Jean Kelly lives alone in Nyack and still cooks her own meals. She does her best to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“I think I have good nutrition. I have two glasses of wine every night, which helps, ”Kelly said with a laugh.
This hilarious great-grandmother’s family wants to make sure she’s okay by getting the COVID vaccine, but trying to get her an appointment has become a second full-time job for son Chris Kelly.
“I’ve been on this side all day,” he said.
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When the government website keeps crashing and calls to the vaccine hotline go unanswered, it’s one discouraging impasse after another.
They finally secured an appointment, but it’s in another county in two and a half months.
“Getting people vaccinated where and when and this rollout … I think it was a huge failure,” said Chris Kelly.
“What should people do? Where should people go? “Jessica Layton of CBS2 asked Ed Day of the Rockland County Executive.
“The problem is there are no options here,” said Day. “We advised you, when you see a place in town, go.”
The day is sick of it. He says this week the state sent only 10% of the doses they requested. You ran out of vaccine completely.
“We need this vaccine. People will die unnecessarily, ”he said.
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He wants to know why the state is opening locations like the Javits Center when it cannot supply the counties.
“My mom isn’t the only 95-year-old waiting,” said Chris Kelly.
“It worries everyone. I think everyone is talking about it, ”said Jean Kelly.
Until manufacturers pump out more vaccines and poor planning improves, the vulnerable like Jean Kelly remain trapped in the middle of the supply war.
Aundrea Cline-Thomas and Jessica Layton of CBS2 contributed to this report.
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