New York plans to set up “vaccines against the vaccine” when the COVID-19 vaccines are available through the federal government and reviewed by an independent state panel, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
The governor – with the release of a nationwide vaccine distribution strategy – said the effort was the largest New York initiative since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
“How do you manage 40 million vaccines in New York state? That’s the trick,” Cuomo said in a press briefing.
He said many doses are needed because there are 20 million residents of the state, and “most of the vaccines they are talking about require two doses”; three to four weeks apart.
The governor said hospitals, urgent-care centers, primary care locations, pharmacies and state Department of Health offices are among the sites being considered for vaccine distribution.
He said the first dose cycle would go to both people at risk for COVID-19 and front-line health care workers in hot spots.
The next round will be expanded into two groups across the state, and after that, each of the areas with the highest rates of infection, followed by the rest of the population.
He did, however, mention what he described as significant barriers: getting vaccines from the federal government, which were approved by his independent panel of medical advisors, ensuring people had enough trust in vaccines to get them, less than the same dose – and even finding the right places. to maintain medication.
“Storage of vaccines should be minus 80 degrees,” Cuomo said. “There’s a question of how many refrigeration units are available to do that.”