New COVID-19 vaccine will be available for New Yorkers by end of week: Governor Hochul

New Yorkers will be able to get vaccinated with the new COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in a briefing Wednesday morning.

The new vaccine is arriving amid rising cases and hospitalizations related to the virus, particularly within the last six weeks. 

“As we’re approaching the fall season, we see a pattern when all respiratory illnesses start to creep up, but here in New York, we don’t panic, we prepare,” Hochul said. “New Yorkers will be able to get a new vaccine based on the strains with the ability to attack the new strains of COVID.”

Both Pfizer and Moderna will be offering the new vaccine, which will be administered as a single dose. 

Hochul said that the Food and Drug Administration has notified her that some doses of the new COVID vaccine were shipped Tuesday and are on the way to New York.

“We expect many more later this week,” Hochul said. “Again, they’ll be starting here in New York on Friday. Doctor’s office, pharmacies, health care providers — you can make an appointment online that’s still available.”