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NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s efforts to speed up coronavirus vaccination are increasingly colliding with a shortage of vaccines.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday the city will run out of first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with no new supplies at some point Thursday.
“If we don’t get a new vaccine quickly, a new vaccine supply, we will have to cancel appointments and stop shooting at many of our locations for the rest of the week after Thursday.” said the Democratic mayor at his daily coronavirus meeting.
The top official in Erie County, west New York, tweeted that the county had already canceled 3,700 vaccination appointments this week due to supply problems. Mark Poloncarz, the county executive, said the county, which also includes Buffalo, received fewer vaccine doses from New York state this week.
After a sluggish start, New York has stepped up vaccination efforts by opening new vaccination sites, including 24-hour vaccination centers.
De Blasio said 220,000 doses were given in the city last week and 455,737 have been given since two emergency vaccines were approved last month. He said the city could give 300,000 doses this week if it had enough vaccine. “The problem right now is that we don’t” he said.
According to current state guidelines, approximately 7 million New Yorkers can be vaccinated, including people 65 and older, nursing home residents, healthcare workers, and other key workers, including teachers and grocery store clerks.
“Due to the limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to be patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
The two approved vaccines require two vaccinations several weeks apart for maximum effectiveness. The mayor said 53,000 cans are expected on Tuesday and will leave town with only 116,000 first cans for the coming week.
“We will have nothing more to give from Friday” he said.
A mayor spokesman said the city had enough vaccine for second doses for some, but not all, of the people who had a shot and are waiting for their second.
By Sunday, New York had administered about 40% of the 1.8 million doses of vaccine sent to the state, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
De Blasio said it was a matter for the federal and state governments as well as the manufacturers “Everything they can to give us the maximum offer, because literally every day we prove that we can reach more and more people.”
He said he was delighted with President-elect Joe Biden’s stated goal of getting 100 million doses of vaccine nationwide in the first 100 days.
“New York City Can Help Show the Way” said de Blasio. “We only need the vaccine to do it.”
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