Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York will take six to nine months even with the boosted supply of doses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said.
New York is set to receive a 16% increase in vaccine doses, covering vaccinations for the next three weeks in an effort to end the 10-month-long pandemic.
The vaccinations have lagged due to a lack of supply at the federal level, Cuomo reiterated on Wednesday in a news conference, which he said is finally being corrected by the new Biden administration.
And even with the increase in doses, the vaccinating millions of New Yorkers who want one will go at least until the summer.
"We don't have enough," Cuomo said.
Meanwhile, New York has designated 3,000 or so sites for vaccinations, including pharmacies, doctor's offices, health care centers and hospitals.
Cuomo is also moving to convert Yankee Stadium into a mass vaccination site in the Bronx. A mass vaccination site in that borough will enable health officials to vaccinate lower income people and people of color who are said to be lagging in doses compared to White New Yorkers.
Over the last six weeks, the state has administered more than 1 million shots, the vast majority of which are first of two doses -- or about 96% of its first dose allocation.