New York State has now announced its own covid-vaccine coverage, which is expected to come as a relief to those who are worried about the state’s public health infrastructure being overwhelmed.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that his state has set up a vaccine coverage database, and as of Monday evening the state was offering two doses of the new coronavirus vaccine at participating pharmacies, including two doses at Pfizer and two doses from Covid-19, the vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur.
While the state does not yet have a plan for what exactly will be covered, it did say that “we are committed to providing our residents with a robust and robust coverage plan.”
“Pfizer, Covid, and the FDA are all leading the way in developing vaccine coverage plans for New York, but the state is leading the path to achieve the same coverage as other states,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The state has not yet announced how much coverage will be offered to New Yorkers, but a state spokesperson said on Monday evening that the new plan will include an “initial set of coverage items,” and that it will be rolled out in stages.
Pfizer has said that it would provide coverage for up to 12 people per household.
Covid is a virus that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, fever, and muscle aches, and is usually fatal.
Pfiser said on Tuesday that it was working with health officials in New York to provide coverage to up to 2,000 residents.
While Covid vaccine coverage in New Zealand was recently announced by the government, Pfizer did not offer any coverage at all until late March.
That decision was made in part due to the high cost of Covid vaccines in New England.
New Yorkers have long been the most vocal in demanding Covid vaccination coverage, as New York was one of only four states in the country that did not require any public health coverage prior to Covid.
Cuomo, however, said he believed the state had “an opportunity to do this, to make sure that New Yorkers are protected,” and he called Covid a “priority” for New Yorkers.
“I think the state has a responsibility to do the best we can to get the best coverage we can, but I also believe the best way to do that is to offer it to New York residents,” Cuomo told reporters.
“It’s a matter of doing everything we can so that we can have the best chance of getting that coverage.”
Cuomo said that New York’s coronaviral vaccine coverage plan would be available on the first day of classes for the New York City Public Health District (NYCPHD), and the state would also provide coverage via “a voluntary system.”
Pfizer’s Covid coverage plans are also expected to be offered in New Jersey and Massachusetts, as well as California.
The New York state vaccine coverage website is currently up and running, and Cuomo has promised that the plan will be available throughout the state.
NewYork is the first state in the nation to offer Covid vaccinations in the form of CovID vaccines, but Pfizer is the only company offering Covid for purchase.
In March, Pfizers Covid product was pulled from shelves in New Mexico and California after state officials discovered that the virus could cause serious birth defects, and New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said at the time that the company had a “duty to pull the vaccine from shelves immediately.”
Cuomo also said that the Covid program is “the best vaccine in the world,” and “the state will continue to provide a robust vaccination program that covers as many people as possible.”
The announcement comes as New Yorkers continue to struggle with the spread of the coronaviruses.
As of Wednesday morning, the New Jersey Department of Health had reported that more than 10,000 people have died from Covad-19 in New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic.
As part of the Cuomo administration’s plan to help New Yorkers cope with the virus, the governor has pledged to expand Medicaid to cover the costs of Covad vaccines, which are typically more expensive than standard Medicaid coverage.