The delayed shipments have paralyzed our entire vaccination effort.
As of this morning, New York City has fewer than 1,000 first doses available. pic.twitter.com/frXPryVwKS
– Avery Cohen (@CohenAvery) February 20, 2021
The city gets its supply from the state.
The state says its shipments were delayed this week due to winter storms that affected much of the country.
Governor Cuomo said Friday: “All doses that should have been shipped on Monday were held back, and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines left the shipping facility on Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wants to exclude Cuomo from the process and send the vaccine directly to the city.
The City has not stopped administering vaccines as it has more than 110,000 second doses, which De Blasio would like to use as first doses, but state and federal officials have resisted.
In the meantime, people can start scheduling appointments for two new mass vaccination sites opening Wednesday in Brooklyn and Queens.
Appointments open at 8 am on Saturday.
The Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights and York College in Jamaica sites will be managed by the state of New York and FEMA.
During the first week, they will only accept appointments from people who live in certain zip codes affected by the pandemic.
On Friday, de Blasio attended the grand opening of a new vaccination location at Empire Outlets in Staten Island.
His wife, New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, toured a vaccination center Friday at Canarsie High School, where she thanked workers for stepping out into the storm.
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