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  • Rich Klein


Updated: Dec 9, 2020

BREAKING: Some 19,2000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are being allocated for the Hudson Valley region, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The Pfizer vaccine is pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration, which could happen Thursday or Friday.

Cuomo said at a news conference that nursing home residents and staff are at top of list for the vaccine and they will be vaccinated inside the nursing homes by staff from CVS and Walgreens as part of the state's opt-in agreement with the federal government.

High risk hospital workers would be the next group prioritized for the vaccine. Cuomo added that hospital administrators will determine who else in hospitals will receive the vaccine.

The governor said that EMS and other healthcare workers would be next in line followed by essential workers and the general population, starting with those with the highest risk.

A story out of the United Kingdom this morning, though, raised concerns about the Pfizer vaccine and now, British regulators are advising those with severe allergies not to take it. The vaccine candidate produced by Moderna is scheduled before the FDA on December 17.

As of 12:05 pm today, while the Cuomo news conference was still in session, neither the governor or his staff had yet discussed the situation developing in the UK.

(Update, 7:15 pm: Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview late this afternoon with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta during a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health virtual event on Wednesday. that what happened with two people who had the reaction "is an unusual and rare effect but clearly everyone now is aware of that and will be looking at that -- and particularly taking care of people who do have underlying allergic phenomenon, that they may be cautious about vaccination or at least be prepared to respond with some sort of anecdote to the reaction." Fauci added: "If I were a person that had an underlying allergic tendency, I might want to be prepared that I might get a reaction and therefore be ready to treat it." )

The SullivanTimes has reached out to the Centers for Disease Control as well as local allergists for comment.

Nancy McGraw, Sullivan County's Public Health director, said recently that she submitted a plan to the New York State Department for vaccine distribution. A copy of that local plan has not yet been made public by County officials.



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