New York state received 50,000 fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the last week than the 300,000 doses it has gotten in previous weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The reduced vaccine supply comes as the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in New York and parts of the country has lagged behind the goals officials have pushed for since the end of last year.
Cuomo has blamed the federal government for expanding the eligibility of who can receive a COVID-19 vaccine while failing to provide enough doses to states.
"Our constraint is the federal supply," Cuomo said. "That's creating a scheduling backlog and it's creating what was supposed to be the scheduling process."
Over the last month, 731,000 first doses have been administered and 96,000 second doses of the vaccine have been given out.
More than 7 million New Yorkers now qualify for the vaccine based on the federal guidance, including those age 65 and above, first responders like police officers and firefighters, as well as essential workers like teachers.
Scheduling a vaccination has been a challenge for many people who qualify, with vaccinations not scheduled until 14 weeks later.
"They increased the eligibility; they did not increase the supply," Cuomo said.
The state opened more mass vaccination sites at public college campuses.
"We want to do better," Cuomo said.
New York's positive rate of new COVID cases stands at 6% and 183 people have died of the virus, Cuomo said. Hospitalizations, however, are declining by a net of 15 patients in the last day, Cuomo said.