Staten Island vaccine center opens despite supply shortages

Friday, a new vaccination location opened at the Empire Outlets on Staten Island, but another location in Queens, at martin Van Buren High School, was pushed back to Sunday.

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KEN ROSATO: And today another mass vaccination site comes online in the city. But at the same time, the state is dealing with another shortage of supply due to shipping delays. Eyewitness News reporter Derick Wallers live in the St. George section of Staten Island with the details. Derick.

DERICK WALLER: Ken, good morning. We are here at the Empire Outlets. And so why not get a coronavirus vaccine and also do some shopping all in the same trip? That is what you can do today if you are a Staten Island resident. This site is opening today for Staten Island residents only right next to the Ferry Terminal. And also there is free parking as an incentive as well.

This new city-run neighborhood site, one of two delayed due to a shortage of vaccine. A location at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens will not open until Sunday. The city gets its supply from the state. And the state says their shipments were delayed this week due to the winter storms impacting much of the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledges it is precious time we won't get back.

ANTHONY FAUCI: We're just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts, and we can get the trucks out and the people out, and getting the vaccine into people's arms.

DERICK WALLER: And here's what Governor Cuomo said about the delay. Quote, "Every dose that should have been shipped on Monday was held back, and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines left shipping facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday." Mayor de Blasio says he wants to cut Cuomo out of the process altogether and get the vaccine shipped directly to the city. He is expected to be here later today.