Mayor De Blasio applauds NYC vaccination rate, warns about low supply of doses

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is continuing to pass its weekly goals of coronavirus vaccinations.

News 12 Staff

Jan 19, 2021, 7:04 PM

Updated 1,272 days ago

Share:

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is continuing to pass its weekly goals of coronavirus vaccinations.
The city surpassed its latest goals of vaccinating 175,000 people in a week by vaccinating 220,000 people.
However, de Blasio also offered a warning about the supply of the vaccine. He says if the city doesn’t get more doses by Thursday, then vaccine hubs will have to start turning people away.
The mayor says the city has the ability to administer a vaccine every three seconds to eligible New York residents.
It is estimated that around 92,000 doses are left across the five boroughs.
Mayor de Blasio says if the government doesn’t act fast, then more vaccine hubs will have to start canceling appointments on Thursday, and by Friday there will be no more vaccines left.
The city has now come up with a five-point plan to get more people vaccinated.
The first is to maximize the supply to meet the demand, the second is for the city to include more buildings as vaccinations sites.
De Blasio says the city also needs to cut out the tape and make things simple. He says more local vaccine sites need to be established, and opening up the available so more people can get vaccinated.
“We need the folks who should be vaccinated to have the right to be vaccinated,” de Blasio says. “We need the freedom to vaccinate a wide amount of people in the site for efficiency.”
De Blasio says three more 24/7 mega vaccination sites will be opening soon, including Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens.


More from News 12