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Mayor Bill de Blasio sounded the alarm Friday that New York City is set to run out of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine by next week.
“We will run out next week. I’m telling you, at this rate, there will not be any doses in the city of New York by the end of next week if we don’t get a major resupply [of vaccine],” de Blasio said during his weekly guest spot on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
Hizzoner explained that the Big Apple has been getting a resupply of “a very paltry” 100,000 doses per week and that the city went through 125,000 shots “in the first four days of this week.”
“Our numbers are increasing every day of how many people we can vaccinate,” de Blasio said, noting about 34,000 people were inoculated in the city Wednesday.
“If we don’t get a serious supply, we’re going to have to stop taking appointments, just as happened at Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU-Langone,” de Blasio said. “If there’s no supply, we’re going to have to freeze the appointment system. That would be insane.”
Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital was forced to turn away those seeking to get jabbed away this week even though they had appointments to receive the shot.
“Unfortunately, due to sudden changes in vaccine supply, we have been forced to cancel our existing public vaccination appointments from Friday, Jan. 15, through Tues., January 19,” hospital spokeswoman Lucia Lee said.
“We will inform our patients when more vaccine supplies become available and reopen vaccination appointments for eligible patients. For anyone with appointments scheduled after Tuesday, we will provide updates as soon as we know more,” said Lee.
De Blasio said New York City should get a bigger supply of the vaccine since it has the resources to quickly get needles in the arms of the masses.
“I know there’s all parts of the country that are suffering right now, but there’s few places that can move the vaccine as quickly as we can,” de Blasio said on WNYC. “So, the notion that the vaccine is, in some parts of the country, going to wait long periods of time before they have the ability to get it to people, whereas, we’re speeding up every day.”
City data as of Friday shows that out of 800,500 doses delivered in the Big Apple so far, 337,518 shots have gone into people’s arms — about 42 percent.
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