The city of New York is set to get another boost of COVID-19 vaccines, with 346,000 doses of Moderna’s shot headed to New York before Christmas, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.
In a tweet, Cuomo informed the general public that the Moderna vaccines are expected to be delivered in the week of 21st December.
Cuomo in a news conference said that “The vaccine is coming and we’re able to administer it,”.
Moderna asked the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) for emergency use authorization in late November.
Moderna’s doses come on top of the 170,000 Pfizer doses slated to arrive during a matter of days following the FDA’s authorization of emergency use announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Cuomo said the Pfizer vaccine are going to be delivered “as early as Sunday or Monday.”
First in line to urge the new inoculations are home residents and staff and high-risk hospital workers, Cuomo said earlier in the week .
“We basically followed the federal guidance,” he reiterated Friday. “Nursing home residents and home workers i feel most across the country were designated because the first priority, right? If you check out where the primary has spread, where the death has spread, all the arrows have pointed to nursing homes first and foremost.”
Andrew Cuomo has faced serious scrutiny over the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in nursing homes, which resulted in as many as 11,000 deaths.
EMS workers also will get first dibs on the initial 500,000 vaccines, state officials said.
“The total is about 1.5 million within the first tranche, which is all healthcare workers, all congregate care settings, all emergency services workers,” state budget director Robert Mujica said.