Gov. Cuomo working on how to prioritize COVID vaccines to NY'ers

File photo of New York Governor Andrew Governor (Photo: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo)
Photo: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) - Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state is beginning to formulate a plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

The Democratic governor said the state is starting to think about how states will prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations.

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He says essential workers would have a priority. He says they would set up a matrix and there would be several phases.

Cuomo says there will be statewide vaccination plan, but that states can't do this on their own.

"States cannot do this on their own. Period," Cuomo said. "This is a massive undertaking. This is a larger operational undertaking than anything we have done under COVID 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 every state."

The 96-page draft plan outlines vaccine safety and effectiveness guidelines, prioritization, distribution and delivery, administration of the vaccine, and public health campaigns to ensure effective outreach to communities.

It was put together by "leading clinical and public health experts," according to Cuomo.