A Covid-19 vaccination center opened at the New York Mets’ ballpark in Queens on Wednesday, but city officials said a supply shortage limited the number of doses available at the site.
When it was announced in January, the vaccination site at Citi Field was billed as a 24-hour “mega” site that would eventually scale up to administer between 5,000 and 7,000 shots a day, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The site has been given just 800 doses through the weekend, with 250 on the first day, according to city officials. Mr. de Blasio said he hoped for more doses in the coming days and expected 4,000 at the site next week. The doses are reserved for Queens residents, as well as taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers and restaurant workers.
“It’s just driving me crazy. We could be reaching so many more people,” Mr. de Blasio said of the city’s supply shortage while riding the subway to Citi Field Wednesday morning.
State officials control the distribution of the vaccine, which they receive from the federal government. The mayor said city officials have frequently asked the state to provide the city with more doses to administer but the state is often “nonresponsive.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who like Mr. de Blasio is a Democrat, has said that everyone, including himself, wants more vaccine supply.
Source: WSJ – US News