The governor – in devising a statewide vaccine-delivery strategy – said the effort would be the largest that New York has launched since the coronavirus virus epidemic.
“How do you apply 40 million vaccines to New York State? This is the trick, ” Cuomo said in a press briefing.
He said 20 million state residents require a lot of supplements, and “most of the vaccines they’re talking about require three to four weeks of two doses.
The governor said that hospitals, essential care centers, places of primary care, pharmacies and state health department offices are among the sites being considered for vaccine delivery.
He stated that the first round of doses would be the highest among those at risk for front-line healthcare workers in COVID-19 and hot-spots.
Those two groups will be extended statewide in the next round, and then, in areas with the highest rates of infection, followed by the rest of the population.
Nevertheless, he mentioned what he described as significant barriers: getting vaccines from the federal government, after being approved by his independent medical advisory panel, to ensure people had enough trust in the vaccines , Both doses are too low – and even finding the appropriate site to keep the drug.
“The vaccines will have to be stored up to minus 80 degrees,” Cuomo said. “How many refrigeration units will be available to do this is a question.”