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NYC is only handing out COVID-19 vaccine shots during ‘business hours’

New York City is essentially only handing out COVID-19 vaccine shots during regular business hours, an official has claimed – as Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to have 250 additional sites by the end of the month and another 100,000 vaccinated this week. 

110,241 vaccine doses have been administered in NYC so far since vaccinations started three weeks ago, according to the city’s health department data.

The city currently has 443,000 vaccine doses available. 

De Blasio said on Monday that he expects the city to administer 400,000 doses per week by the end of the month with 250 new vaccine sites set to open in that time frame. 

NYC Councilman Mark Levine has slammed the current rate of vaccine distribution, saying shots need to be handed out 24/7.  

Just over 110,000 vaccine doses have been administered in NYC so far, according to the city’s health department data

110,241 vaccine doses have been administered in NYC so far, according to the city's health department data. The city currently has 443,000 doses available

110,241 vaccine doses have been administered in NYC so far, according to the city’s health department data. The city currently has 443,000 doses available

‘Vaccination in New York City is basically only occurring during regular business hours. Very little on weekends. Almost none on holidays,’ he tweeted. 

‘We are in a war-like situation. We need to be vaccinating twenty four seven. We are losing precious time.’

DailyMail.com has contacted the city for comment. 

Levine is now calling for at least one vaccination site in each zip code to be opened 24 hours to increase the number of vaccinations. 

‘Prioritization is critical. But giving a vaccine to someone lower priority is better than giving it to no one,’ he said.  

‘If a site doesn’t use all its time slots/doses on a given day they should be able to offer shots to those at lower priority. (As of now they could be fined for this).’

He said they have submitted legislation for drafting that would require at least one vaccination site in each zip code to be opened 24 hours a day and require the activation of NYC Medical Reserve Corps to assist with the vaccine program. 

De Blasio vowed to provide an additional 100,000 doses this week and 400,000 every week by the end of the month. 

When asked why the city hasn’t been vaccinating 24/7, de Blasio said they had faced logistical issues with refrigeration.

He admitted the city had taken a cautious approach at first but that it was ‘now time to sprint’. 

‘This is a whatever it takes situation. I want every hand on deck. That means city employees, medical reserves – anyone who can help us get this done,’ de Blasio said.  

De Blasio said on Monday that he expects the city to administer 400,000 doses per week by the end of the month with 250 new vaccine sites set to open in that time frame

De Blasio said on Monday that he expects the city to administer 400,000 doses per week by the end of the month with 250 new vaccine sites set to open in that time frame

It comes after he said last week that the city aimed to vaccinate 1 million residents by the end of this month.

He said the effort will require setting up vaccination sites across the city, which is home to about 8.3 million people. 

‘Our goal is to get upwards of 250 locations citywide,’ de Blasio said at a news conference, saying the city would dispense the vaccine through smaller health centers and clinics. ‘This is going to be a massive effort.’  

NYC Councilman Mark Levine has slammed the current rate of vaccine distribution, saying shots need to be handed out 24/7

NYC Councilman Mark Levine has slammed the current rate of vaccine distribution, saying shots need to be handed out 24/7

In order to meet the mayor’s target, the city will have to increase its vaccination rate sixfold to an average of roughly 29,000 people a day in January.

The city will continue to prioritize health care workers, first responders and nursing home residents in January’s vaccinations.

Vaccinations are taking much longer to dispense in the United States than hoped and previous projections by federal officials have proved exaggerated. 

Only about 4.3 million Americans have received a vaccine so far, which is far short of the government’s target to vaccinate 20 million people before the New Year. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week a crackdown on potential vaccine fraud.

Cuomo has touted New York’s vaccination efforts even as the nation as a whole is short of reaching the federal government’s goal. 

New York police and health officials are investigating one potential case of a health provider fraudulently obtaining vaccine doses from the state. 

Cuomo said providers who engage in fraud to obtain vaccines could face up to $1 million fine and the loss of all state licenses under an executive order.

Only about 4.3 million Americans have received a vaccine so far, which is far short of the government's target to vaccinate 20 million people before the New Year

Only about 4.3 million Americans have received a vaccine so far, which is far short of the government’s target to vaccinate 20 million people before the New Year


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