NY Governor Cuomo Speaks of Over-Allocation of COVID-19 Doses & Inability to Easily Reallocate
NY Governor Cuomo today addressed concerns over the reallocation of COVID-19 Vaccines from second dose administrations to first dose administrations.
The Governor said that there were instances of the overallocation of doses for nursing homes and long-term health care facilities. A situation resulting in excess unused doses.
“That program has been slower than anticipated and we believe it was overallocated, so we will be reallocating doses from that program into the general state allocation, and we’re going to work to determine how much that is, but those are excess unused doses,” said Mr. Cuomo.
He cited the CDC, FDA and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s (Director of the NIAID, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) strong opposition to using second doses as first doses since second.
He also stated that for those individuals who do not show for their scheduled second dose, the dose will be held for 42 days past the first dose received date. Thereafter, the dose can be reallocated.
Yet, doing so brings one too close to the expiration date of the vaccine he said.
“… on Pfizer you’re supposed to come back on day 21; On Moderna, you’re supposed to come back on day 28. If someone doesn’t come back on day 21 or day 28, you must hold the vaccine for them until day 42. After day 42, you could use that dose for someone else,” said the Governor.
“Forty-two days is also close to the date of the expiration of the vaccine, so if it’s not used it would expire, but if that person comes back for the second dose, whenever they come back, you have to find a second dose for that person, even if it’s after 42 days.”
The CDC website states the following:
The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.
CDC continues to recommend that people get their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as close to the recommended interval as possible (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech, and one month for Moderna).
CDC’s updated guidance was revised to allow for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. CDC is not advocating for people to delay getting their second dose, but the data from clinical trials support this range.