New York plans to set up “mass vaccination sites” as soon as vaccines against COVID-19 become available through the federal government and tested by an independent state commission, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
The governor, developing a nationwide vaccine distribution strategy, said the effort would be greater than New York since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
“How do you inject 40 million vaccines in New York State?” That’s the trick, “Cuomo told a news briefing.
According to him, as many doses are needed as 20 million states live, and “most of the vaccines they are talking about require two doses”; with an interval of three to four weeks.
The governor noted that places considered for vaccine distribution include hospitals, emergency centers, primary care facilities, pharmacies and state health departments.
According to him, the first round of doses will be given to those people who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as to medical workers in hot spots.
The next round will cover these two groups across the state, followed by all in the areas with the highest levels of infection, and then the rest of the population.
However, he said he called for significant obstacles: getting vaccines from the federal government, getting their approval from its independent medical advisory commission, providing people with enough confidence in vaccines to get them, and even more so both doses – and even finding suitable places store medication.
“Vaccine storage should be minus 80 degrees,” Cuomo said. “There is a question of how many refrigeration units would be available for this.”