NEW YORK (WBNG) --Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today a draft for the New York State program of coronavirus vaccine administration.
The released draft from the NYS Department of Health requires local and federal governments to work together with organizations in communities and is posed to be the framework for a safe and effective distribution of a COVID vaccine.
Governor Cuomo said the draft of the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program is designed with multiple variables of change in mind regarding the availability of the vaccine.
Cuomo said, "We are coming up with a plan on many presumptions. We don't know how many doses we're going to get. We don't know what vaccine we're going to get. We don't know when we're going to get it. The state will have a statewide vaccination plan. We will do it in concert with the federal government. The federal government is in charge of producing the actual vaccine and distributing the vaccines."
The plan is to prioritize those most at risk and those who are essential workers. Additional prioritization after those most at risk is outlined below.
- Phase 1; Helathcare workers, long term care facility workers, most at risk long-term care patients.
- Phase 2; First responders, teachers and school staff, public health workers, essential frontline workers who work with the public, long-term care patients in congregate settings, high-risk individuals with health conditions.
- Phase 3; Individuals over age 65, individuals under age 65 who are considered high risk.
- Phase 4; All other essential workers.
- Phase 5; Healthy adults and children.
Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health recognize the draft is subject to change based on details coming in the future from the federal government.
To see the full New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program outline, click here.