New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the state will be focusing on a three-part plan in regards to the Covid-19 vaccine, including education, equitable distribution and a fast delivery process.
Step one: Education
The state will be launching a public education plan to encourage residents to get the vaccine. For the vaccine to be effective, 75-85% of the population needs to get it. Right now, 50% of the population is saying they don't want to get it, according to the governor.
The campaign will focus on a "real public education to dispel the skepticism that already exists," he said.
Step two: Equal distribution
Secondly, the state will be focusing on equitable distribution of the vaccine in Black and brown communities, since these communities have been impacted by higher infection and death rates, Cuomo said.
"We want to make sure that when we do the vaccine that it is done in a just and fair and equal way," Cuomo told reporters.
Step three: Speed of distribution
Lastly, Cuomo said that the state is working on how to quickly distribute the vaccine across the state, which he said is a huge undertaking.
"I can't think of a government operation that has been commenced that is more difficult and intricate than what governments will be asked to do here," he said.
While the state has a good record of tackling challenges like testing capacity, this will "test capacity across the board," he added.