A delay in COVID-19 vaccine shipments as a result of winter storms is stopping New York City from releasing hundreds of accessible appointments, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated Wednesday. The mayor stated town will “have to carry again” about 30,000 to 35,000 appointments that will have in any other case been opened up for scheduling as a result of “the vaccine has not arrived.”
“It’s clearly a nationwide drawback what’s occurring with the climate, it is gumming up provide traces everywhere in the nation,” de Blasio stated, after noting that whereas he wasn’t positive the place the vaccines have been caught, New York can also be anticipated to expertise a winter storm within the coming days. “What I do know, is our vaccine shipments are being delayed which is basically irritating” for the hundreds ready for appointments.
De Blasio, who has set a aim to completely vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers by June, stated storms apart the metropolis is “going to want a hell of much more help” to hit that milestone. He known as for the federal authorities to start offering the vaccine allocation on to town, versus requiring approval from the state which is “slowing issues down in some ways.”
“We want direct provide no strings hooked up,” he stated, including that town additionally vaccinates staff from the suburbs or neighboring states. “Our allocation needs to be greater to account for that.”
He additionally through the press convention famous an overhaul to town’s vaccination web site which had been criticized for complexity through the preliminary rollout.
The newest information supplied by town stated over 1.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. According to its information, town has acquired over 1.7 million doses thus far. The metropolis has additionally tallied over 675,000 circumstances of COVID-19 and 28,428 deaths.