Improperly stored dosages forces some New Yorkers to be re-vaccinated

Some COVID vaccines administered at New York state's mass vaccination site at Jones Beach State Park had exceeded the permitted temperature, officials announced Monday.

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DAVID NAVARRO: - I'm David Navarro. We'll look at some of this afternoon's coronavirus headlines. In New York state, opening two new mass-vaccination sites this week. Beginning Wednesday, the sites at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens, will be able to vaccinate up to 3,000 people a day. Governor Cuomo toured one of the sites today. Meanwhile New York City's health commissioner discussed the delay in vaccine doses due to the weather.

- We expect all of the shipments that were due to arrive in New York City last week, to come to the city between, mostly between today and tomorrow, perhaps some on Wednesday, as well. And then we also expect the deliveries that were originally slated to arrive for this week, to arrive by the end of the week as well. Right now, we're getting about 170,000 first doses per week. And that's our expected supply for the next two to three weeks.

DAVID NAVARRO: Also new this afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announcing that large sports venues will reopen to spectators next Monday, March 1st. Indoor venues can have 10% capacity. Outdoor venues can have 15% capacity. The governor also discussed changes to houses of worship .

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY: Today I'm pleased to announce that our houses of worship and religious services can now operate at 50% capacity with no cap effect. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have strived to accommodate our communities of faith to the greatest extent possible. We know that, for many of our residents, the ability to worship together plays a central role in well-being and mental health. As our numbers continue to decline, we believe we can safely take this step. It is important to remember that masks will continue to be required, unless they must be briefly removed for religious purposes, such as taking communion.

DAVID NAVARRO: And one more important note, the New York State Health Department confirms that some vaccinations given at Jones Beach on February 15 were ineffective because they were stored at the incorrect temperature. Anyone who received an ineffective vaccine has been notified, and are being rescheduled. We invite you to stay with Eyewitness News and ABC 7 NY, for the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, and the race to vaccinate people across the tri-state area. I'm Dave Navarro. Have a great afternoon.