New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – New York City is on track to run out of COVID vaccine supplies starting Thursday, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday.
Without more doses, the city would have to cancel vaccination appointments for Friday and afterward, he added, explaining that the city had about 116,000 doses on hand.
The situation threatened to foil the mayor’s goal of getting 1 million New Yorkers vaccinated by the end of the month and came as localities around the country have struggled with an uneven vaccine rollout.
The city is not scheduled to get a new batch of doses until next Tuesday, de Blasio said.
“This is crazy. This is not the way it should be,” he fumed at a virtual press conference. “We have the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people. We need the vaccine to go with it.”
He called on the feds, state government and manufacturers to “do everything they can to get us the maximum supply because we are proving, literally each passing day, we can get to more people.”
Since Dec. 14, more than 455,000 vaccine doses have been administered in the city, according to the Health Department.
On Monday, Gov Cuomo called on Pfizer to sell doses directly to the state.
President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office Wednesday, has promised to boost supplies throughout the country.
- Top Feature Photo: CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a nursing home resident at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, on Friday, Jan 15, in Harlem – Yuki Iwamura/AP