The governor seeks to be ready for the moment when the federal government begins the distribution of the formula to immunize the population against the disease
NEW YORK.– He New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, revealed this Sunday a preliminary plan to distribute an eventual vaccine against COVID-19 in which priority will be given to high-risk populations and workers.
The implementation of the governor’s initiative to combat the coronavirus would be subject to how the federal government decides to act once the vaccine exists, said a spokesman for the state executive office, which announced that the Democrat Cuomo established a system of six levels to determine who receives a vaccine and when, prioritizing those who have underlying conditions that make them more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19 and those who work in healthcare settings.
Cuomo’s plan is based on the assumption that the Trump administration will not impose conditions on the distribution of vaccines that could derail the New York plan, which the governor acknowledged is an unanswered question, for now.
“We are developing a plan with many assumptions. We do not know how many doses we are going to receive. We do not know which vaccine we are going to receive. We don’t know when. The state will have a vaccination plan at the state level, we will do it in conjunction with the federal government. The federal government is in charge of producing and distributing the vaccine, ”Governor Cuomo said.
The National Association of Governors, who chairs Cuomo, sent a series of 36 questions to the White House to try to get more information on the federal government’s distribution plans, Cuomo said.
States cannot do this themselves. Point. This is the largest operating company of anything we have done under the COVID-19 pandemic to date. This is a more complicated undertaking and task and we need the federal government to be a competent partner with this state and with all the states, ”Cuomo commented during his briefing on the coronavirus that he held with the media in his Manhattan office.
The governor also revealed the matrix that the state has planned for the vaccine. The matrix would establish the order in which people would receive the vaccine according to their occupation, their risk and where they live. He added that following the determination that the vaccine is safe and effective, the preliminary vaccination program would prioritize vaccine recipients based on science, clinical experience and public health.
How the vaccine would be distributed
- First priority: high-risk population / essential health workers in areas with high prevalence of COVID-19
- 2nd priority: high-risk population / essential health workers in areas with low prevalence of COVID-19
- 3rd priority: lower risk population / other essential workers in areas with high prevalence of COVID-19
- Fourth priority: lower risk population / other essential workers in areas with low prevalence of COVID-19
- 5th priority: general population in areas with high prevalence of COVID-19
- 6th priority: general population in areas with low prevalence of COVID-19