Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses expected in mid-Hudson, but logistical questions remain
Over 19,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could be making its way to the Hudson Valley over the next couple of days -
but are the county governments prepared to step in?
The county executives out of Westchester and Rockland both said Thursday they are still waiting for a clear breakdown of what the vaccine distribution process will look like and what role they'll play.
It's unclear when these critical details will be shared, and it is potentially just a few days away from receiving the vaccine.
The state has not yet releasing where the 90 designated distribution sites capable of ultra-cold storage are located.
"As we stand right now, we haven't gotten the official protocol of what it's going to look like for us to be ready for those sites to be operated," says Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
But Westchester officials tell News 12 one hospital for the Mid-Hudson will be designated as a "hub" hospital.
"The hospital locations are the likely distribution points for the vaccines. We have two clinics...one in White Plains, one in Yonkers...that will be capable of being a distribution point. I don't know if that they want to go to a mobile vaccination unit, which we do for some of our other things," says Latimer.
As for the nursing homes, Westchester officials say the initial distribution is being coordinated directly through the federal program with CVS and Walgreens.
While 19,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are allocated to the Mid-Hudson region, the state hasn't released a deeper breakdown of who is getting the doses.
"We also do not know exactly how many vaccine doses will be coming here. We have been told that there should be enough to vaccinate all of the staff and residents of long-term care facilities," says Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
Nursing home administrators say the state hasn't shared which facilities are getting first dibs and how that decision is being made.
As News 12 has reported, the 170,000 doses for New York aren't enough to vaccinate every nursing home and hospital across the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday they determined how many doses each region would get based on the number of nursing home staff and residents and health care workers each has.
It's unclear if the county-by-county breakdown will also be divvied up that way.