Governor: Feds say vaccine shipments held back because of winter storms

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ALBANY – “The federal government has informed New York that nearly all COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated for Week 10 — which were scheduled to be delivered between February 12th and February 21st — are delayed due to the winter storms continuing to impact much of the country,” Governor Cuomo said Thursday. “Every dose that should have shipped on Monday was held back, and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines left shipping facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

  The governor said the delay “will undoubtedly pose a logistical challenge for New York — but as we have shown over the last 350-plus days, we are New York Tough, and we are up to the challenge.”

He said the Department of Health is working closely with all providers, including local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and federally qualified health centers to minimize the impact on their operations and reduce the number of appointments that must be rescheduled. 

“The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war against COVID, and we will continue to work with our federal partners to expedite the delayed shipments and will keep New Yorkers updated over the coming days,” the governor said.