Cuomo: state’s COVID vaccine supply ‘may already be exhausted’

Cuomo: state’s COVID vaccine supply ‘may already be exhausted’
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - The state will run out of its allotment of COVID vaccine by the end of the day Friday, if it hasn’t already.

That’s according Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke during a Friday briefing.

“We run out of allocation today. The week 1 to 5 allocation will be exhausted by the end of the day Friday,” he said. “It may already be exhausted.”

During his noon briefing, the governor said 28,246 doses of the the federal government’s allocation of vaccine were left statewide.

Cuomo said New York is expecting another 250,400 doses for the next week and that some shipments are already arriving.

“Providers should only schedule appointments for allocations they know they will receive. The last thing we want to do is cancel appointments,” he said.

Last week, Jefferson County had to cancel hundreds of vaccination appointments after the doses officials thought they were getting did not arrive.

Meanwhile, it looks like the north country is being efficient in administering the vaccine doses it does have.

Cuomo said the region is the state’s second most efficient, with 99 percent of allocated vaccines administered.

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