Already battered by a major shortage in the number of vaccine doses that were assigned to the State, New York will be seeing another meager sum of shots coming in tomorrow. According to officials, the Empire State will be receiving a “paltry” 100,000 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, which is essentially just a fraction of what is needed.
“We should be vaccinating 400,000 a week,’’ said City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), chairman of the council’s Health Committee.“The new shipment is expected in the city Tuesday, but I don’t know if they have to wait for that shipment to be parceled out to locations, which might push [distribution] to Wednesday,’’ he told The NY Post on Sunday. “Relative to the 2.5 million people in the five boroughs who are eligible [to currently be immunized] — and [as] we also vaccinate a significant number of people who don’t live here — 100,000 a week is really a paltry sum.’’
As it stands, due to a massive shortage of doses, the city said last week that it had to temporarily shut down 15 vaccine hubs between Thursday and Sunday because of the supply glitch from Moderna. The state is expecting to receive 250,000 doses in total this coming week, a portion of which goes to the city.
As of Sunday, New York had used 88 percent of its supply of first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, administering 1,144,070 of the 1,304,050 shots it has, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said in a statement. The state has a stockpile of 564,600 doses for the required second shot. Of that amount, 139,929-second doses have been administered, or just under 25 percent. A person must wait at least 21 or 28 days between shots, depending on whether they first received Pfizer’s or Moderna’s.
Cuomo said the state’s vaccination figures show “once again that the problem we face is lack of supply from the federal government. We have the operational capacity to do over 100,000 doses a day — we just need the dosages.”