NY set to receive COVID-19 vaccines by Monday, administer them within hours
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The first shipment of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will touch down in New York by Monday — and healthcare workers could be getting their shots within hours of arrival.
The Empire State is awaiting 170,000 doses — 72,000 of which will go to New York City — after the first shipments left a Pfizer facility in Michigan earlier Sunday.
“Hope is on the way, and it’s departing from Kalamazoo, Michigan,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted along with a video of trucks leaving the warehouse.
“We are getting closer to the finish line,” the governor said.
The vaccines are expected to arrive at several FedEx locations, including one in Hunts Point in The Bronx, before being sent out statewide, WABC-TV reported.
The FedEx locations are equipped with freezers to keep the shots at the extremely cold temperatures required, the outlet said.
But the company is hoping the freezers won’t be necessary, as it is working to ship the shots to their final destination as quickly as possible.
New York’s initial shipment is anticipated to flow to 90 different cold-storage sites statewide in the coming days, Cuomo has said.
It is unclear how many doses each site will get.
The Post previously reported that each of Mount Sinai’s seven hospitals is expecting to receive at least 975 doses, while BronxCare network, which runs Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, is set for 8,000 doses.
Healthcare workers and nursing-home residents will be the first to get the shots as soon as Monday.
Two staffers from Northwell Health’s facilities will be vaccinated during a press conference at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens on Monday, The Post has learned.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, workers at the city’s Elmhurst Hospital in Queens were abuzz about the vaccine news and said they were expecting a shipment to arrive by Monday.
“We were all talking about it this morning,” an emergency room nurse told The Post, though she added, “They haven’t asked us for volunteers [to receive it] or told us anything.”
A nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Lower Manhattan said that she was “excited” about taking the shot.
“I’m definitely going to get it,” she said.
But at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, an ER nurse was more guarded, saying, “I’m all for vaccines, but we still have much more to learn.”
“We will just wait and see and hope for the best,” she said.
Officials in the Big Apple said they would be setting up a “vaccine command center” across the street from City Hall to report on the distribution process and build trust with the community about the inoculation.
Additional reporting by Kevin Sheehan and Rachel Green
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