NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state is set to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
That delivery, which is pending “safety and efficacy approvals,” will include enough doses of Pfizer's vaccine to vaccinate 170,000 New Yorkers, Cuomo said at a news briefing Wednesday morning.
The state is expected to receive additional vaccine shipments from both Pfizer and Moderna later in the month, he said.
Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccines, a New York state panel “will review the FDA’s approval,” the governor said.
“Why? Because we know we have existing skepticism about the vaccine,” he explained. “Our panel did not create the skepticism. The skepticism existed.”
Seventy-five to 80 percent of the general population must get vaccinated for the COVID-19 vaccine to be “most effective” he noted. The first doses the state receives will go to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff members.