New York City Temporarily Closes 15 Vaccination Sites Due to Supply Shortages
Roughly 23,000 vaccination appointments in New York City were canceled through Sunday after city officials announced that the city is almost out of first doses.
All scheduled appointments will be rescheduled for the following week, according to city council member Justin Brannan. This announcement comes as the state has more than 9,000 people hospitalized from the virus, the highest number since May 4.
The city doesn’t expect to receive any additional vaccine shipments until Jan. 26, meaning that appointments most likely won’t resume until Jan. 27. No new appointments can be scheduled in the meantime.
“If we had the freedom to vaccinate, if we had those second doses free up, we could reach those 23,000 New Yorkers this week,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’ve got about 65,000 doses that we could put into play right away if we had that freedom.”
A Harlem school is one of the 15 centers that temporarily closed. Private vaccination centers are still running in the meantime.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state used 93% of its first doses available, and there won’t be more until Friday. The state administered around 65,000 vaccines a day and on Jan. 20 Gov. Cuomo announced there were only 145,780 first doses left.
Half a million New Yorkers have been vaccinated, and the city is currently waiting for the federal government to send more doses to the state.
Cuomo requested to buy more doses directly from Pfizer, but the Biden administration wouldn’t allow it. Mayor Bill de Blasio is hopeful that the Biden administration will cooperate given their situation.
“We are seeking clear answers and I want to be fair to the new Biden team. They just got in the door,” de Blasio said. “I think it’s going to take a few days to get a clear picture of what vaccine is available.”