Cuomo says it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate Phase 1 workers

Cuomo says it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate Phase 1 workers

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Governor Cuomo says it could take up to 14 weeks to vaccinate all Phase 1 workers.

In a phone call with press Saturday, Cuomo says the state is receiving 300,000 vaccine doses a week from the federal government.

With that rate of supply, Cuomo says it will take 14 weeks for the 1A and 1B vaccine groups to be vaccinated.

That includes health care workers, EMS workers, nursing home residents and staff among similar occupations are in group 1A.

Phase 1B vaccines will go to people 75 and older, teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit workers.

“So if a police department starts vaccinating, prioritize your workforce assuming it’s going to take 14 weeks. Teachers, who start to get vaccinated, get allocations from the local health department assume it will take more than 14 weeks,” said Cuomo.

The state says it will open up reservations for 1B vaccinations when a new website goes online on Monday. That’s to get an idea how many people 75 and over, teachers, first responders, and public transit workers want the shot.

It’s still unclear when 1B vaccines will be administered.

At this time, the vaccine is still not available to the general public.

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