NY administers nearly 2 million vaccine doses

Posted on February 1, 2021

Governor Cuomo Press Briefing

  • Today’s briefing took place at the Governor’s New York City Office. The Governor was joined by:
    • Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority (NYC Transit);
    • Patrick Foye, Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA);
    • Rick Cotton, Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and
    • Michael Kopy, Director of Emergency Management.
  • COVID-19 DATA FROM 1/31:
    • Test Results Reported: 175,038
    • Total Positive: 8,508
    • Percent Positive: 4.86%
    • Patient Hospitalization: 8,003 (+27)
    • Patients Newly Admitted: 730
    • Hospital Counties: 57
    • Number ICU: 1,500 (-34)
    • Number ICU with Intubation: 987 (-21)
    • Total Discharges: 128,354 (+556)
    • Deaths: 141
    • Total Deaths: 35,319
    • Capital Region
      • 416 hospitalized
      • 4.90% positivity rate
    • Central New York
      • 200 hospitalized
      • 3.14% positivity rate
    • Finger Lakes
      • 554 hospitalized
      • 3.86% positivity rate
    • Long Island
      • 1,405 hospitalized
      • 6.19% positivity rate
    • Mid-Hudson
      • 933 hospitalized
      • 6.03% positivity rate
    • Mohawk Valley
      • 219 hospitalized
      • 4.41% positivity rate
    • New York City
      • 3,559 hospitalized
      • 5.18% positivity rate
    • North Country
      • 93 hospitalized
      • 5.68% positivity rate
    • Southern Tier
      • 237 hospitalized
      • 2.07% positivity rate
    • Western New York
      • 387 hospitalized
      • 5.13% positivity rate


 First Doses Received: 1,554,450

    • First Doses Administered: 1,393,064; 90%
    • Second Doses Received: 725,050
    • Second Doses Administered: 307,662

 SNOW STORM: Governor Cuomo urged caution as snowfall over the next forty-eight hours is expected to be heavy in several areas of the State. Roadways in the New York City area are dangerous and are already impassable in certain places. The rate of snowfall is expected to be higher than two inches per hour, which means it will be difficult for snowplows to maintain roadways. The storm is projected to continue into Tuesday evening.

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency in forty-four counties, and urged non-essential workers to avoid travel. He noted there will be interruptions and suspensions to mass transit services. Further, the Governor warned that several major roadways in downstate New York may close if snow removal efforts can not keep up with the rate of snowfall.


  • VACCINE: New York has administered 1.96 million vaccine doses. The Governor stated that appointments at State-run facilities scheduled for today are being postponed due to the snow storm. Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa clarified on social media that current closures are for downstate sites only at this time.


    • Supply of the vaccine from the Federal Government remains an ongoing problem. The Governor restated that New York State is capable of administering more doses than are currently arriving from the Federal Government.


  • POST-HOLIDAY SURGE: New York’s positivity rate continues to decline, but Governor Cuomo warned that the new strains of COVID-19 could result in a change in that trend.


  • VACCINE ACCESS FOR SENIORS: When asked how the State could assist seniors who may not have familiarity with making online appointments, Governor Cuomo said the State has a phone number (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) anyone can call to talk to a live person to make an appointment.


  • NYC INDOOR DINING: A reporter asked about the decision to reopen indoor dining in New York City and whether restaurant workers will be eligible for a vaccine. Governor Cuomo said that the decision to reopen indoor dining was made while considering the economic impact and potential public health concerns. New York’s positivity rate has consistently declined in recent weeks. It’s not realistic to wait until all COVID-19 public health concerns have been alleviated to reopen the economy. In order to make restaurant workers eligible for the vaccine, supply would have to increase dramatically from the Federal Government. Without increased allocations, including restaurants workers would diminish existing supply for other eligible groups. The Governor once again challenged the politicians pushing for the addition of restaurant workers to indicate who they would subtract from eligibility so it would be possible.