New York City has fewer than 30,000 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine on hand according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who adds that the weather has caused delays in shipments.
“That means we’re going to run out, today, tomorrow, we’re going to run out,” he said of the limited supply.
“On top of that we’ve got the weather problem, all over the nation there’s huge storms that are now causing delays in shipment.”
Shipments of vaccine that were expected by Tuesday and Wednesday are delayed, he said. “That means we’re going to have to hold back appointments that New Yorkers need,”
de Blasio noted.
He said as many as 30,000 to 35,000 appointments or more might not be scheduled because the city does not have supply.
New York City has administered at least 1,395,956 doses, more than the total population of Dallas, Texas.
De Blasio stressed that it's all about “supply supply supply,” adding it is “not growing the way we need it to.”
He said he appreciative of the federal government “aiming high” in its pursuit of assisting in vaccination, but added the city is going to need “a hell of a lot more help.”