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NYC administered record 478K COVID vaccine shots last week

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New York City administered a record 478,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, calling the figure a “great number.”

“If you talk about a recovery for all of us, this is exactly what we’ve been saying we want to do to reach that half-million-a-week number,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing.

The mayor said the Big Apple is “on the verge” of inoculating half-a-million New Yorkers per week.

“We’re ready to do more, we just need the [vaccine] supply. It’s all about supply, supply, supply,” de Blasio said. “We are proving every day we got the capacity, we got the demand.”

People sit in a recovery room after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Chinatown, Manhattan.
People sit in a recovery room after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Chinatown, Manhattan.
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Since coronavirus vaccination efforts began in mid-December, the city has administered a total of 3,840,976 doses and de Blasio says the Big Apple will hit the 4 million shot mark this week.

“This is really fantastic progress,” said Hizzoner.

People wait on line outside a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
People wait on line outside a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
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De Blasio noted that New York soon expects a “major boost” in vaccine supply “and that’s going to allow us to get to whole new levels.”

“We are well on our way to our goal” of vaccinating 5 million New Yorkers by June, de Blasio said.

People wait on line to enter the New York-Presbyterian Fort Washington Armory COVID-19 vaccination site in Washington Heights.
People wait on line to enter the New York-Presbyterian Fort Washington Armory COVID-19 vaccination site in Washington Heights.
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Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks

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