COVID New York City: City set to open 5 vaccination centers ahead of Group 1b approval

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has renewed his call for the state to allow the elderly to receive the COVID vaccine now. The mayor says the city has 270,000 unused doses that could go to people over 75 years, the age cohort most likely to die from the disease.
He said there were 560,000 people in New York over the age of 75. He is asking the state for permission to use these extra doses for the elderly.

“We have literally twice as many New Yorkers over the age of 75 as the amount of vaccine we have in stock, yet state law does not allow us to give a single injection to a single New Yorker. Yorker over 75, ”said de Blasio. “I guarantee you that if these standards are changed by the state, we will process these 270,000 doses very, very quickly. Again, if we get state approval, we will process those 270,000 doses very quickly because we have so many people wanting it. ”

He also announced that on Monday five new vaccination sites will be opened, one in each of the five boroughs, with the hope that city workers who are members of 1b will be allowed to be vaccinated.

Category 1b includes essential frontline workers, day care centers, firefighters, and police and correctional officers.

SOMOS and FDNY will equip the five new vaccination sites.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has tested positive for COVID-19. 463 NYPD members have tested positive for the coronavirus this month.

Individuals qualified in Group 1a can register for a vaccine on the city’s website. From Monday, a telephone reservation system will also be operational.

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