NYC plans to vaccinate 1 million in January: de Blasio

Walgreens pharmacist Jessica Sahni administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan on December 21, 2020 in New York City.
Walgreens pharmacist Jessica Sahni administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan on December 21, 2020 in New York City. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City has set a goal of vaccinating 1 million residents in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

De Blasio revealed the ambitious goal on CNN’s “New Day.”

“We’ve set a goal for the month of January, we're going to vaccinate a million New Yorkers in the month of January,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio reiterated the goal hours later at his Thursday briefing, saying "New York City will lead the way."

“We will vaccinate a million New Yorkers. A million people we will reach in January. This city can do it,” de Blasio said at his briefing. “We’re going to set up new sites all over the city on top of the many, many sites that are already operational.”

De Blasio said the city would expand locations at hospitals, clinics and community clinics with the goal of reaching upwards of 250 locations citywide. The effort will involve launching COVID vaccine “hubs,” offering vaccines at some Test & Trace sites and scaling up the capacity of local organizations. The city’s current priority for vaccines is high-risk health care workers and nursing home residents and staff.

“This is going to be a massive effort. This is going to be part of the largest single vaccination effort in the history of New York City,” de Blasio said.

The mayor said the city will need help from the federal and state governments, as well as from the manufacturers of the vaccine to make