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Lawmakers call for vaccine hearing to determine issues with rollout in New York

Lawmakers are calling for a public hearing to address concerns about distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne requested that the hearing be held by the Local Governments and Health committees.


“We have an obligation to convene Assembly oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what is happening here and help reverse course,” Schmitt told Spectrum News. “We need shots in arms and we need systems in place that accomplishes that. Right now, concern, confusion, and uncertainty has gripped thousands of New Yorkers who are seeking to get shots but simply cannot. This is in large part due to the Governor’s decision to not use the long-standing system of vaccine distribution through the county departments of health.”

There have been long-standing issues with rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Gov. Cuomo said that he would request to purchase the Pfizer vaccine directly from the company.

Some lawmakers are not sold, though, and want to get more information from the Department of Health and Cuomo Administration.



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