This week, the Mayor asked Mr Cuomo to expand the approval groups, saying the tight approval requirements made it difficult to administer doses of the required magnitude. As of early Friday, only 167,949 of 489,325 doses had been administered in New York City – about 34 percent, which was lower than the rate in New York State, which was about 50 percent.
“New York City has heard enough,” said the mayor said on twitter after Mr Cuomo announced the expansion. “We will start giving shots to city workers and the elderly in 1B starting Monday,” he added, referring to Phase 1b, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s second round of vaccination.
Mr de Blasio’s press officer, Bill Neidhardt Featured coverage in the New York Times on Friday morning It described the challenges for clinics that, due to the strict rules, could not dispense doses – or even had to throw some away.
“This is so angry,” he wrote. “Completely speechless.”
The clinics included the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan, where chief physician Dr. Peter Meacher had expected to receive only a small supply of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine to vaccinate employees of the network of clinics he oversees.
Instead, 600 doses arrived late last month, far more than he needed to give his staff a first dose.
For two weeks, more than half of the supply was in the freezer. In another clinic in town, a small number of unused cans were even thrown away.
Dr. Meacher said he would love to give the extra vaccine to high-risk patients but that he wasn’t afraid of breaking state rules about who could get it. The few clinics of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center supply around 18,000 L.G.B.T.Q. New Yorker.