New York may run out of vaccine by the top of subsequent week: Mayor
New York City could “run out of Covid-19 vaccine stocks” by the end of next week, “Mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists on Tuesday, calling on the federal government and laboratories to prevent doses shortages.
“The federal structure is going far too slowly to get vaccines for us,” said de Blasio, repeating similar criticisms from President-elect Joe Biden.
After a slow start to vaccinations, the most populous city in the United States has accelerated in recent days.
Nearly a hundred locations started booking appointments as of Monday, and three major vaccination centers opened in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens counties.
It wasn’t until Monday that 26,528 cans were distributed, according to the mayor, who assumed the city was “on the right track” to achieve its goal of firing 175,000 shots this week.
On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded the authority to include people 65 and older based on federal guidelines.
People aged 75 and over as well as teachers, police officers, fire fighters and transport workers were already eligible.
As of Monday, 216,014 New Yorkers had received at least one dose of the coronavirus-fighting vaccines, one made by the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories and the other made by the biotech company Moderna.
On Tuesday, the mayor also announced that the Mets baseball stadium in Queens, Citi Field, will be converted into a vaccination center starting the week of January 25th.
The site operates non-stop and allows 5,000 to 7,000 people to be vaccinated each day.
“We welcome all New Yorkers. We even welcome Yankees fans,” joked de Blasio, referring to the longstanding rivalry between the city’s other baseball team in the Bronx.
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