NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning New York City will start to see its COVID-19 vaccine supply run dry in about 48 hours.
“At the rate we are going, we will begin to run out on Thursday, this Thursday, two days from now,” de Blasio said. “And we will have literally nothing left to give as of Friday.”
The mayor said at his daily briefing Tuesday that the city is ready to start cancelling vaccine appointments.
“If we don’t get more vaccine quickly, a new supply of vaccine, we will have to cancel appointments and no longer give shots after Thursday for the remainder of the week at a lot of our sites,” de Blasio said.
He is calling on the federal government to provide the city with more vaccine doses, and is hopeful that President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, will answer his call.
“We need it desperately,” de Blasio said. “A new president I think is going to make all the difference.”
Last week, the city vaccinated over 220,000 people.
“The pace of vaccination is going faster and faster,” de Blasio said. “Every three seconds a New Yorker got vaccinated as of Sunday.”
So far, a total of 455,737 doses have been administered in New York City since the start of vaccination effort last month.
De Blasio said if the city had the vaccine, they could vaccinate 300,000 people.
The city has a small supply of 53,000 doses coming in Tuesday, leaving only 116,000 for the week ahead.
On the current schedule, the city is set to get resupplied next Tuesday.
“We have the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people, we need the vaccine to go with it,” de Blasio said. “So right now it is up to the federal government, it’s up to the state, it’s up to the manufacturers to do everything they can to get us the maximum supply.”
The city has four 24/7 mega vaccination sites up and running, along with 15 health department hubs.
New 24/7 sites are also coming soon, including hubs at Citi Field in Queens, the Empire Outlets on Staten Island and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The mayor unveiled five principles to govern the vaccination effort moving forward. It includes increasing the supply, building more vaccination sites, cutting red tape to keep supply flowing, meeting the people where they are, and aligning eligible populations.