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New York’s store of the COVID-19 vaccine ran dry, but new doses started to trickle in, Gov. Cuomo said at a Brooklyn event held to encourage blacks and Latinos to get the jab.
“We exhausted all the vaccines that we have received to date,” Cuomo said Saturday at a pop-up vaccination clinic for NYCHA residents.
The first five weeks of New York’s supply ran out Friday, he said, adding next week’s supply — which is expected to reach 250,000 doses — had already begun to arrive. Some of those doses were being used Saturday to vaccinate seniors at NYCHA’s William Reid apartments.
“We’re going to do every NYCHA senior development in the city of New York, all 33 will have access,” Cuomo said at the East Flatbush complex.
The governor, who was joined by Reps. Yvette Clark and Hakeem Jeffries, stressed the vaccine was safe and encouraged those who might be skeptical to take it.
“We’ll make it accessible, but we need you to accept it,” he said.
Asked about the freeing up a reserve of second-doses of the vaccine to be used now, which Mayor de Blasio called for yesterday, Cuomo said it was up to the federal government and should only be done if there was adequate supply.
“It’s better to get more people dosages, as long as you’re sure that you can get them the second dose,” he said. “The last thing that you want on top of this chaos is people get a first dose and then they come back for the second dose and they say, ‘We ran out.’ ”
Cuomo said the statewide coronavirus positivity rate was 5.26%, and 5.71% in New York City.
There were 8,802 people hospitalized with the bug Friday, down 44 from the day before. Deaths also dropped to 144 from 165 the prior day.
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