ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York expects to have received 930,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of next week.
The governor told reporters on Tuesday that he's asking health care workers to take advantage of the supply by working through the holidays to speedily vaccinate all nursing home residents and staffers.
"I am asking the hospitals and the nursing home operators and the medical personnel who are providing services for vaccinations in the nursing homes to work over the holidays in providing the vaccinations," said Cuomo. "I understand it's been a long year and everybody needs time off, but we are in a foot race; it's the increase in the COVID spread versus the vaccination rate. So, I'm asking them to continue to vaccinate over the holidays."
He said about 50,000 people have received doses so far, and 300,000 additional doses are expected to be received by the end of next week.
"We have 618 nursing homes that we believe will be vaccinated within two weeks, which would be very good news," he said.
New York is among the vast majority of states that have seen falling or flattening COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past week.