New York is slated to get a boost of 1.65 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a week on average by the end of April, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Friday.
“We can describe what we’re doing in two words – vaccine supercharge. There are gonna’ be many more vaccines, many more sites, many more workers to administer the vaccine,” Schumer said alongside White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients outside of the Ryan Health community center on the Upper West Side.
The federally-backed effort, Schumer said, is “going to make it easier and quicker for many more people to get the vaccine.”
The coronavirus vaccine increase will supply new federally-funded immunization sites at more than 200 community health centers, like Ryan Health, across New York.
The vaccine ramp up marks a “33 percent increase from yesterday” and “3.5 times the number” since President Biden took office on Jan. 20, Schumer explained.
The latest state data shows that New York received 455,365 vaccine first dose shots and 339,790 second dose jabs from the federal government for the week of Mar. 8 to Mar. 14.
“You could fill Yankee Stadium with the additional number of people who each day will be able to get a shot. The long wait is almost over,” Schumer said, noting, “There will be a huge influx of vaccines.”
“It’s a big challenge, but it starts now and this will make sure that many more people get this in their arms,” said Schumer as he held up a vaccine vial.
Roughly $500 million in direct federal funds from the COVID-19 stimulus bill have been allocated to New York for the new vaccine sites as well as the hiring of 5,000 additional public health workers to administer the vaccine, said Schumer.
“The American Rescue Plan supercharges our efforts to turn vaccines into vaccinations,” Zients said.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan
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