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New York state officials on Tuesday refused to reveal how many COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the Empire State, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration have come under fire for a slow-footed rollout.
The data has been hard to come by this week, with the only estimate from state officials Cuomo saying during an Albany press briefing Monday morning that “about 300,000 vaccines have been administered.”
The Post reported last Thursday that only about a third of the vaccines on hand statewide at the time had been administered, with the state providing those figures.
On Friday, a spokesman for Cuomo admonished The Post for citing data published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that New York was falling behind in its inoculation efforts, noting that an already existing lag in data reporting was exacerbated by the New Year’s holiday to render the figures out of date.
But, since providing updated in-house figures on Saturday showing that about 274,000 doses had been administered, the state has kept the numbers close to the vest.
Officials declined to provide updated figures when asked on both Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
According to CDC data current as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, New York has administered 299,428 first doses of the two-dose vaccine — or roughly the 300,000 estimate Cuomo provided nearly 24 hours earlier.
That translates to a rate of 1,539 doses per 100,000 New Yorkers.
Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have blamed each other for the slow rollout, with the governor citing poor management of the city-run Health and Hospitals system, and Hizzoner arguing that his administration could be moving faster if not for overly restrictive state regulations.
The city has its own web page tracking vaccine doses received and administered in the Big Apple.
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