Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Underway

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ALBANY – Local health departments have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers across New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said statewide 3,762 sites have been identified for vaccine distribution, but currently, only 636 sites have been activated.

He says as of Tuesday, 900,000 vaccines have been distributed for 2.1 million healthcare workers.

Hospitals that do not distribute their doses by the end of the week could get fined.

“They are distributing vaccines to the healthcare workers along with the hospitals. So healthcare workers can either go to the hospitals… or they can go to 600 sites that are across the state,” said the Governor.

Meanwhile, some local health departments across the state say more communication and partnership with localities is key to building out the infrastructure to get things done quicker.

An aide to the Governor said the state is working on a public dashboard for vaccine data.

He also said the goal is to have all nursing home residents receive their first dose of the vaccine within the next two weeks.


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