De Blasio says he’s ‘had enough’ and will defy Cuomo’s strict vaccine rules to begin inoculating seniors and non-medical essential workers from Monday because city has only used a THIRD of its doses
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defying Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s orders and moving ahead with vaccinating seniors and non-medical essential workers, saying hundreds of thousands of doses are going unused.
‘New York City has heard enough. We will begin administering shots to City Workers and the elderly in [Phase] 1B starting on Monday,’ de Blasio said in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
Under Cuomo’s state distribution plan, phase 1A of vaccination is limited strictly to healthcare workers, and the governor is demanding that 70 percent that group receive the shot before expanding access to other groups.
The shambolic squabble between the two elected Democrats came as New York City has administered just 149,932 doses, or 31 percent of the doses it has received, with a surprising number of healthcare workers refusing the shot.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (above on Friday) is defying Governor Andrew Cuomo’s orders and moving ahead with vaccinating seniors and non-medical essential workers
De Blasio had repeatedly appealed to the governor to relax the rules, saying the city had hundreds of thousands of shots available to administer to seniors. But the governor refused to bend, insisting on Friday afternoon that healthcare workers must take priority.
Nursing home residents are also in the priority group in every state, but their vaccinations are being administered through federal contracts with pharmacy chains, and do not count as part of state allotments.
So far, NYC has received 487,375 vaccine doses, but just 149,932 have been administered. The city has a population of 8.4 million.
On Friday morning, de Blasio made an impassioned speech imploring Cuomo for the ‘freedom to vaccinate,’ saying the city had 270,00 doses that could be immediately be administered to seniors over age 75 if the rules were relaxed.
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Cuomo stuck to his guns on Friday and defended his strict vaccine rollout plan