Central New York was set to get an initial shipment of 6,400 doses of the vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week.
The province has 21,123 active cases, with 716 people being treated in hospitals, including 136 in ICU beds.
It follows emergency approvals in the United Kingdom and the U.S., which triggered a debate in the European Union as to why a vaccine developed in Germany can not be rolled out across the continent first.
Italy, where Europe's coronavirus outbreak erupted in February and which now leads the continent in the Covid-19 death count, is also pressing for a safe, accelerated approval process. "We've worked our socks off day and night".
The vaccine is expected to be more broadly available to the general public in April, the government has said previously, and will take six to nine months to inoculate the entire province of 14.57 million people.
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From there, they will be trucked or flown to facilities close to the 145 United States sites earmarked to receive the first doses. He further said that governors would decide who would receive the shots first in their states.
"What happens next? We continue on, we continue the fight", he said. She has been a nurse for 42 years and has described COVID-19 as "scary".
He said restaurant workers, and the lodging and hospitality industries, have "taken it on the chin" because of shutdowns. "Prioritizing distribution of this vaccine to our teachers and school staff will help expedite the return of full in-person instruction for our students". "Our health care workers who are taking care of patients and are either directly or indirectly impacted have the ability to get the vaccine and get protected for themselves".
Daniel Martin, head of The Hive Foundation, said they wanted to do "everything that we possibly can" while unable to have fans as usual in the stadium due to coronavirus restrictions.
"Probably not before that and maybe not quite at that point, but that is very possible so we're just going to keep communicating, let folks know kind of what we're doing".