The majority of New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination hubs are only staying open four days a week as the Big Apple battles dwindling supplies.
The city’s health department began reopening its 15 distribution sites on Jan. 28, following a roughly week-long closure caused by the shot shortage.
However, 12 of the hubs — where appointments had been available seven days a week before the closure — reopened in limited capacity, the health department said.
Those 12 sites are now only open from Thursdays to Sundays.
Health department spokesman Patrick Gallahue said the decision to reopen the hubs only four days a week was due to low supplies at city-run sites.
“We review operations and supply on a regular basis so that we can vaccinate New Yorkers,” Gallahue said in a statement Tuesday.
The three other hubs, meanwhile, are still open seven days a week — but providing appointments for second doses of the vaccine only.
Those sites — the South Bronx Educational Campus, the Bushwick Educational Campus and Hillcrest High School — were the first to open and are where many New Yorkers received their first doses about 28 days ago, Gallahue said.
Despite the limited supplies, the city now has two new giant vaccine hubs, including one at Citi Field set to open Wednesday with just 800 doses on hand. The other, at Yankee Stadium, opened Friday with a boost of shots from the state.
As of Tuesday, the city had fewer than 42,958 first doses on hand and around 254,000 doses reserved for second shots.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly called on the feds and the state to allow the city to dole out its reserve of second doses for those in need of a first shot.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker rejected the mayor’s request last week.
The Empire State has been getting about 300,000 doses a week from the feds, 43 percent of which go to the city.
However, the amount of weekly doses from the feds is expected to increase by 5 percent for the next three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
The governor also announced that the state would be launching 11 “pop up” vaccination sites in Queens and Manhattan, as well as in Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
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