You are reading

City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Will Run Out by Friday, de Blasio Warns

COVID-19 vaccination (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Jan. 19, 2021 By Allie Griffin

New York City’s supply of the COVID-19 vaccine will run out by Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.

The city’s supply of life-saving doses will begin to dry up on Thursday and health officials will be forced to cancel appointments that are scheduled for Friday and beyond, de Blasio said.

“At the rate we are going, we will begin to run out on Thursday, this Thursday — two days from now,” he said during a morning press briefing. “We will have literally nothing left to give as of Friday.”

The city currently has just 116,000 doses for the rest of the week, de Blasio said. Last week, health providers administered more than 220,000 vaccines.

The city won’t get a new shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine until next Tuesday, meaning the city will have to halt vaccinations from this Friday until next Wednesday.

“This is crazy. This is not the way it should be,” de Blasio said. “We have the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people, we need the vaccine to go with it.”

He called on the federal government to send more doses to New York.

President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office tomorrow, has promised to ramp up the vaccine distribution throughout the country. However, it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to restock the vaccine before the city’s supply runs out.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Big Plans for Virtual ‘St Pats for All Parade,’ as Covid Forces Celebrations Online

The annual St Pats for All Parade will take place virtually Sunday, a marked contrast to last year’s event that saw a record number of participants march through the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside.

The parade – which celebrates Ireland through a theme of inclusivity and diversity – is now in its 22nd year and organizers have been forced to host the event online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.