Gov. Cuomo on vaccine distribution, underlying health conditions

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Day 321 of the pandemic and Governor Andrew Cuomo is optimistic New York will win the war against the coronavirus with the vaccine as its biggest weapon. But how long it takes to get the shot into people’s arms depends on the supply.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended for those 65 years of age and older to be eligible for the vaccine. Cuomo said that makes 7.1 million New Yorkers eligible but the state only has 250,000 to 300,000 vaccines to hand out each week. He estimates it could be 6 months before Phase 1B of the distribution plan is complete.

In order to keep distribution of the vaccine fair for all groups, the governor said distribution centers need to prioritize who they give the vaccine to.

DISTRIBUTION SITEPRIORITY
HospitalsDoctors, nurses, and staff
County Health DepartmentsEssential workers in Phase 1B
Pharmacies & Doctor NetworksPatients 65+

Cuomo says prioritization at distribution sites is important to keep the opportunities for groups to get vaccinated fair. “Focus on your group and if you do that there will be fairness”.

The governor also addressed the CDC’s addition of those with underlying health conditions to Phase 1B of distribution. He said his office is talking with federal officials to clarify what pre-existing conditions would qualify. According to Cuomo’s math, if everyone with pre-existing conditions is allowed to be vaccinated it would give 12 million people access to the vaccine.

A total of 827,715 doses of the vaccine have been administered. That’s 731,285 of the first dose and 96,430 of the second dose. Over 4 weeks, the state has administered 74% of its vaccine allotment. By region, some are doing better than others. The North Country has given 90% of its vaccine allotment. New York City has only given out 60%.


The governor said the disparities in shots given are not just by region but by providers as well. In every region, there are some providers that have administered 100% of their allotments and some that are far behind. He said vaccine distribution at the state level is determined by a region’s population, however, going forward if a region is getting the vaccine out faster they could receive a larger amount of doses in the future.

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  • Total Positive – 19,942
  • Percent Positive – 6.14%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 8,808 (-15)
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CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany15,520290
Allegany2,28629
Broome10,620163
Cattaraugus3,25354
Cayuga4,19794
Chautauqua5,221130
Chemung5,42263
Chenango1,65442
Clinton1,97777
Columbia2,29996
Cortland2,56330
Delaware96514
Dutchess15,873384
Erie50,227749
Essex92929
Franklin1,04034
Fulton1,93288
Genesee3,50647
Greene1,92956
Hamilton1430
Herkimer3,423120
Jefferson2,942101
Lewis1,38848
Livingston2,56151
Madison2,98543
Monroe42,774697
Montgomery2,06983
Nassau109,9841,858
Niagara11,534286
NYC508,3577,725
Oneida16,110334
Onondaga26,544392
Ontario4,52883
Orange27,862390
Orleans1,85153
Oswego4,664112
Otsego1,55937
Putnam6,203136
Rensselaer6,454179
Rockland31,061291
Saratoga8,653206
Schenectady8,183163
Schoharie85133
Schuyler68410
Seneca1,14440
St. Lawrence3,32092
Steuben4,44464
Suffolk122,5972,181
Sullivan3,71359
Tioga2,12422
Tompkins2,52844
Ulster7,337156
Warren1,92882
Washington1,38149
Wayne3,52779
Westchester81,9821,113
Wyoming1,98748
Yates75813
CountyNew Deaths
Albany3
Bronx3
Broome3
Cattaraugus1
Cayuga5
Chautauqua5
Chenango1
Dutchess4
Erie6
Genesee1
Greene4
Herkimer1
Jefferson1
Kings23
Lewis1
Livingston2
Madison1
Manhattan6
Monroe7
Montgomery1
Nassau10
Niagara4
Oneida4
Onondaga6
Ontario1
Orange4
Orleans1
Queens18
Rensselaer1
Richmond5
Rockland2
Saratoga6
Schenectady2
Seneca1
Suffolk21
Ulster4
Warren1
Washington1
Westchester11
Wyoming1
REGIONTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY
Capital Region8.67%8.45%7.94%
Central New York6.77%6.74%6.21%
Finger Lakes8.72%8.28%7.63%
Long Island8.90%8.69%8.27%
Mid-Hudson7.95%7.81%7.67%
Mohawk Valley9.24%9.18%8.66%
New York City5.92%5.83%5.70%
North Country7.62%7.69%7.44%
Southern Tier4.61%4.33%4.01%
Western New York7.26%7.43%6.93%
Statewide7.08%6.95%6.67%
RegionCOVID Patients Currently in Hospital in RegionCOVID Patients as Percent of Region PopulationPercent of Hospital Beds Available in Region
Capital Region5250.05%25%
Central New York3190.04%26%
Finger Lakes7930.07%33%
Long Island1,6470.06%29%
Mid-Hudson9970.04%40%
Mohawk Valley2920.06%24%
New York City3,3410.04%32%
North Country1170.03%52%
Southern Tier2500.04%41%
Western New York5270.04%32%
Statewide8,8080.05%32%
RegionTotal ICU Beds in RegionTotal Occupied ICU Beds in RegionPercent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-Day Average)
Capital Region25421020%
Central New York26219127%
Finger Lakes39730724%
Long Island86263524%
Mid-Hudson68444239%
Mohawk Valley13311319%
New York City2,4671,89124%
North Country574037%
Southern Tier1257536%
Western New York54536136%
Statewide5,7864,26527%

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