New York plans to create “mass vaccination sites” when COVID-19 vaccines become available through the federal government and examined by an independent state panel, government Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
The governor – by rolling out a strategy for distributing vaccines across the state – said the effort would be the largest New York has made since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
“How do you administer 40 million vaccines to the state of New York? That’s the trick, ” Cuomo said at a news conference.
He said so many doses are needed because there are 20 million state residents, and “most of the vaccines they talk about require two doses”
The governor said hospitals, emergency centers, primary care facilities, pharmacies and state health department offices are among the sites being considered for vaccine distribution.
He said the first dose round would go to both the people most at risk for COVID-19 and front-line staff at hot spots.
The next round would be extended to the two groups across the country, and then all in areas with the highest infection rates followed by the rest of the population.
Still, he noted what he described as significant obstacles: getting the vaccines from the federal government, getting them approved by his independent medical advisory panel, ensuring people trust the vaccines enough to get them, much less both doses – and even finding the right ones. places to keep the medicine.
“Storage of the vaccines should be minus 80 degrees,” Cuomo said. “There is a question about how many refrigeration units will be available to do that. ”