New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that addicts in the state’s rehab facilities will be given the coronavirus vaccine this week, ahead of the general population and elderly people not living in nursing homes.
Speaking at a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said that residents in facilities operated by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, or OASAS, will be given the vaccine, as will employees at urgent care centers and health care workers administering the vaccines.
Cuomo said that the state is expected to receive 259,000 combined doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week.
The state began inoculating nursing home residents and front-line health care workers last week.
According to The New York Post, Cuomo said that OASAS is next in line for vaccinations because residents live in close quarters, as in nursing homes.
“That’s where you have a lot of people in concentration,” Cuomo said.
The Post reported that OASAS operates 12 treatment centers in the state of New York and oversees hundreds of private facilities.
“Nursing homes are obviously the most problematic because they congregate plus older, vulnerable people. OASAS facilities, what we call the O facilities, they congregate — not necessarily older — but congregate facilities.”
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