Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that once the plan is to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine through the federal government and be reviewed by an independent state team, New York City will establish “mass vaccination sites.”
When formulating a statewide vaccine distribution strategy, the governor said that this will be the best effort New York has made since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
“How do you manage 40 million vaccines to New York State? That’s a trick,” Cuomo said at a press conference.
He said that so many doses are needed because there are 20 million state residents, and “most of the vaccines they are talking about require two to three doses,”
The governor said that hospitals, emergency care centers, primary care locations, pharmacies, and state health offices are all considering distributing vaccines.
He said that the first round of doses will be used at the same time for people who are most likely to be infected with COVID-19 and front-line medical staff in hotspots.
The next round will be extended to these two groups across the state. After that, everyone in the area with the highest infection rate will be followed by the rest.
Nonetheless, he pointed out the major obstacles he described: obtaining vaccines from the federal government and approved by his independent medical advisory group to ensure that people have enough trust in the vaccines to reduce dosages and even find suitable places to keep the drugs.
Cuomo said: “The storage temperature of the vaccine must be minus 80 degrees.” “The question is how many refrigeration units can do this.”