New York will soon receive 1.65 million vaccine doses a week in Federal “Supercharge”

As the vaccination spurt continues across the country, Senate majority leader Charles Schumer announced that New York will receive its “top-up” of vaccine doses in weeks.

Schumer said 1.65 million doses of vaccines will arrive in New York every week through April, a 33% increase over the current state.

Speaking at a press conference outside Ryan Health on the Upper West Side, Schumer, along with Jeff Zients, White House COVID Immunization Coordinator, said the recharge effort will be supported by “a massive expansion of the federally funded immunization facilities that will use New York existing Community Health Centers (CHCs) – like Ryan Health here – to embrace them. “

At a COVID press conference at the White House later that day, Zients outlined the federal strategy to increase vaccinations: more vaccine supplies, more vaccines on site, more vaccination centers in places like CHCs.

Schumer noted that around $ 500 million in direct federal aid is earmarked for expanding vaccination centers in New York such as the Ryan Health Center. He said, “One of the biggest problems with vaccinating people has been access. Especially in our underserved and disadvantaged communities. We have heard numerous stories from people traveling far too far to get a vaccine, which is what our ability to do.” Recovery affects the pandemic and returns to “normal.” With this announcement of more vaccines and the opening of sites, New York is able to get more shots in the arms, especially in areas where COVID has hit the hardest. “

The Senator’s office found that one in nine New Yorkers depends on a community health center for health care. Of these, 89% are low-income and 71% are black people.

This week, 80% of adults in New York were eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, and by Friday, 24.6% of New York state residents had at least one dose of vaccine and 12.7% were fully vaccinated. The following is the vaccine dispensing table (data is from March 14th, the last time it was updated):

CVS, which had just vaccinated adults over 60 and teachers, just opened appointments to include people over 16 with underlying conditions:

President Biden says all adults should be eligible for the vaccine by May 1.

Eligible New Yorkers can schedule appointments at state vaccination centers through the New York City website, Am I Eligible, or the state COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-). 4829) or through the New York City vaccination portal or by calling the city’s COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-VAX-4692).

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