Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has updated New Yorkers on the state’s vaccination program. As of 1PM today, New York’s health care distribution sites have administered 89 percent of first doses so far delivered.
“New York is working to vaccinate the state’s residents as quickly and efficiently as possible, and it’s critical that we reach underserved communities that have paid the highest price for COVID-19,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our widespread and expanding network of distribution sites is getting more and more shots in arms across the state, but we’re limited by the supply of available vaccines. The federal government has expanded vaccine supply, but there’s still a long way to go until we’re able to reach a large portion of the state’s population. In the meantime, it’s critical that New Yorkers continue to be cautious and practice the behaviors known to help keep us and our loved ones safe.”
Approximately 10 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. New York’s vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.
The ‘Am I Eligible’ screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:
- Doctor’s letter, or
- Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
- Signed certification
Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state’s vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government’s Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York State as of 1:00 PM today is as follows. Beginning week 9, allocation totals are inclusive of some excess vaccine doses that have been reallocated from the federal Long Term Care Facility program. The allocation totals below include 100 percent of the week 11 allocation which will finish being distributed to New York provider sites on Sunday.
- First Doses Received – 3,206,430
- First Doses Administered – 2,864,541
- Total Doses Received – 5,229,950
- Total Doses Administered – 4,463,679
To date, New York’s health care distribution sites have administered 89 percent of first doses received from the federal government but due to the federal government’s limited allocation, appointments have filled up quickly. New Yorkers seeking to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site, can visit the ‘Am I Eligible’ website. New Yorkers may also call their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments where vaccines are available.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort.
New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can now call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov. Hotline staff will route complaints to the appropriate investigative agencies to ensure New Yorkers are not being taken advantage of as the State works to vaccinate the entire eligible population.