NEW YORK, N.Y. --- Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government to step up its vaccine distribution. This comes as New York is set to receive 250,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine next week. The governor said that is not enough. Cuomo said the number of eligible people to receive the vaccine far outweighs the number of doses the state is getting.
Cuomo said as of this weekend, 7 million people in New York State are eligible to receive the vaccine.
The Governor issued a statement saying "We are in a footrace to get the vaccine into the arms of eligible New Yorkers as quickly and equitably as possible. However, we now have 7 million New Yorkers vying for a fraction of doses made available to use by the federal government. We need Washington to step up and increase New York's supply to make sure everyone who wants the vaccine has the opportunity to get it," said Cuomo.
So far the state said they have administered 83 percent of the vaccines (Both 1st and 2nd doses) that they have received from the government.
The state reported 73,336 people were given a vaccine in New York State yesterday.