Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned this week that New York was about to “exhaust” its coronavirus vaccine provide, with just a few thousand doses left. But is it actually operating on empty?
Not fully. Here’s how the mathematics breaks down:
The governor stated Friday that after administering vaccines to greater than 1 million individuals, the state had solely round 28,000 doses left over for individuals getting their first of two pictures.
But that was a reference to how a lot vaccine was out there out of the stockpile of first doses the state had at first of the week.
Cuomo wasn’t together with one other almost quarter-million doses from new shipments despatched by the federal authorities. He additionally wasn’t together with a whole bunch of 1000’s of doses being distributed to nursing house sufferers and employees by means of a federal program. And he additionally wasn’t together with a giant stockpile of doses reserved for individuals getting the second of the 2 pictures they want.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been publicizing a special depend for New York, saying as of Saturday that of the two.4 million doses delivered to the state, about 1.2 million have been nonetheless unused.
State-run vaccination websites haven’t canceled appointments, and Cuomo stated he’s assured these websites could have sufficient vaccines to offer second doses to all who’ve already been vaccinated.
Many pharmacies, hospitals and different vaccine suppliers have been nonetheless planning to carry vaccinations as scheduled in coming days.
WHY DID CUOMO SAY NEW YORK HAD EXHAUSTED IT SUPPLY?
The governor was making an attempt to emphasize that New York was getting caught up with previous deliveries of previous vaccine shipments, after an preliminary interval by which the pictures had been piling up unused.
Touring a vaccine website in New York City on Saturday, Cuomo stated the pictures delivered within the first 5 weeks of the vaccination effort had been used, however that the “Week 6” pictures had been rolling in.
“They’re sent by Washington. They’re delivered by Washington to individual locations, Washington literally uses in some cases FedEx, believe it or not, delivery services — but we’re now starting to get some of the Week 6 allocation, and that’s what we’re using today. So, we’ll be going week to week.”
DOES THAT MEAN THERE ISN’T A PROBLEM?
No. There is unquestionably far much less vaccine than wanted to fulfill demand.
Some metropolis and county clinics in current days delayed or quickly closed vaccination packages after they received fewer pictures than they anticipated.
In central New York, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., a Republican, stated Friday he was annoyed that he was pressured to quickly shutter two county-run vaccination websites whilst a close-by state-run website at SUNY Polytechnic Institute stayed open.
“They have thousands of vaccines up at SUNY. They couldn’t give us 200 a day to take care of the seniors in this community?” Picente stated at a information convention in entrance of a “closed” signal at a county website. “It’s outrageous, it’s an embarrassment and clearly it’s not the way that this pandemic should be managed.”
The Cuomo administration has stated county well being division websites are alleged to prioritize important staff, with older adults directed to pharmacies and different websites.
Spokesperson Jack Sterne stated Friday that “the only way we can distribute vaccines equitably given the lackluster federal supply is by following these simple rules” and that Picente “should know better.”
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT WEEK?
It is prone to take extra time for a lot of vaccination websites to work out the disconnect between the quantity of appointments and the quantity of pictures out there.
He urged vaccine suppliers to “only schedule appointments for allocations they know they will receive.”
“The last thing we want to do is cancel appointments,” Cuomo stated.
Cuomo stated New York has been administering a median of 80,000 doses a day — once more, not counting vaccines given out in nursing properties. At that rate, it might take months to vaccine the greater than 7 million individuals within the state at present eligible to get the pictures.
The huge unanswered question is whether or not the pharmaceutical producers will be capable to ramp up manufacturing.