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New York state has used up 100 percent of the first-dose allocation for the COVID-19 vaccine that it has received from the federal government since inoculation efforts started last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
“We have used all of the allocation that we have received for weeks one to six,” Cuomo said during an Albany press briefing.
As of Friday, a total of 1,789,018 shots of the two-dose vaccine have been put into the arms of New Yorkers statewide, according to Cuomo. That figure includes 1,473,282 first doses and 315,736 second doses.
The “vaccination usage rate,” Cuomo explained, “is much higher than it was.”
Cuomo noted that next week’s vaccine allocation from the feds of an additional 250,400 doses is set to arrive this week.
“That’s starting to be delivered,” he said. “So we’re going to be using that new vaccination allocation.”
The governor warned local governments to not schedule any appointments for the coveted shot “until you know you have an allocation from the state.”
New York will receive a 16 percent boost in coronavirus vaccine doses for the next three weeks.
“That is good news,” said Cuomo, who along with other politicians has been pushing the federal government for an increased supply of shots.
“We now have a three-week allocation, thanks to the Biden administration, which is much, much better than where we were,” Cuomo added.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 positivity rate across the Empire State has dipped to 4.65 percent — the lowest it has been since Dec. 11.
“December 11th is where you started to see the holiday surge go up,” said Cuomo.
The rate of total hospitalizations for the virus dropped by 163, bringing the statewide total to 8,357, the latest data shows.
ICU admissions were also down by 41, putting the new total at 1,543, while the number of intubations had ticked down as well by 12, bringing that figure to 1,012.
The state recorded another 151 deaths as a result of coronavirus in the 24-hour period ending midnight Friday, raising the death toll to 34,893.
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