New York is getting an added boost of COVID-19 vaccines, with 346,000 doses of Moderna’s shot headed to the Empire State before Christmas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The governor tweeted that the Moderna vaccines are expected to be delivered the week of Dec. 21.
Moderna asked the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization late last month.
The extra batch is on top of the 170,000 Pfizer doses slated to arrive in a matter of days following the FDA’s authorization of emergency use announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Cuomo said the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered “as early as Sunday or Monday.”
First in line to get the new inoculations are nurinsg home residents and staff and high-risk hospital workers, Cuomo said earlier this week.
On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel voted to approve emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and German company BioNTech. Azar said the FDA gave the official green light to roll out the vaccine Friday morning and that shots could begin as soon as Monday.