NY nursing home residents, employees will be first to receive COVID vaccines

first_img(WBNG) — Even when the coronavirus vaccines are eventually approved by the FDA, not everyone will be able to get them at the same time. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the first 170,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in New York by December 15. This can only happen if their Emergency Use Authorization orders (EUA) are approved beforehand. Southern Tier health officials told 12 News they have a plan in place to distribute the vaccines once available. Once Pfizer and the other companies that have manufactured vaccines gain approval, the vaccines will first go to long-term care residents as well as the employees of those facilities.center_img Besides those connected to longterm care facilities, Gov. Cuomo said healthcare workers will also be among the first to get a vaccine. “Those plans are underway, we are definitely leaning on our partners as well as the Office of Emergency Services, who’s been assisting us from the beginning, but I think we’re as ready as can be to receive the vaccine as soon as it’s ready to be shipped,” said Rebecca Kaufman, Broome County’s Department of Health Director.last_img read more