Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: At least 128,000 people in US get vaccinated

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More than 128,000 people received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week as the United States began a vaccination drive against the corona virus disease, according to a New York Times report. This comes as the US confirmed a record of 403,359 new cases over a 24-hour period, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The federal government in the US, which continues to be the worst-affected country in the world by the pandemic, expects to initially deliver enough vaccine for 2.9 million people to receive the first dose. The United States has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as the highest death toll over 315,000, of all the countries in the world. Federal regulators on Friday gave emergency approval to a second vaccine, developed by Moderna, which was expected to be distributed in the coming days. Both vaccines require patients to receive two doses spaced weeks apart.


Alabama officials said 40,950 doses of the vaccine had been distributed to 15 hospitals in the state, and 4,489 shots have been administered.


The initial allocation of 35,100 doses included 11,700 doses that the federal Indian Health Service allocated to Alaska tribal government.

American Samoa:

American Samoa’s public health agency said on Wednesday that it expected to receive its first shipment soon.


The director of the Arizona heath department said that 58,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the state.


A spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of health said the state received 25,350 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and that 462 shots had been administered by Wednesday morning.


State officials in California said 33,150 doses arrived on Monday, and that more were expected later in the week.


Colorado officials said 34,125 doses had been distributed to 23 sites in the state, and the state published a dashboard that said 12,123 people had been vaccinated with one dose.


Governor Ned Lamont said on Thursday that 1,982 doses had been administered in the state. Mr. Lamont said the state had received its entire initial allocation, but his office did not specify how many doses that were included.


Delaware officials said 8,775 doses arrived in the state in multiple shipments this week. At least 750 health care workers were given the first shot of the vaccine this week.


Florida officials said on Thursday that they had received 184,275 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The state did not answer questions about why it appeared to receive more than 179,400 dosses the federal government had indicated would be initially allocated.


Governor Brian Kemp said the state had received 84,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.


Arthur San Agustin, the director of Guam’s public health agency, said 3,900 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine had arrived in the territory.


A Hawaii official said 4,875 doses of vaccine arrived in the state this week and were being sent to hospitals. At least a few people had already been vaccinated, with more expected soon. An official with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said 2,925 doses were delivered to Idaho on Monday and Tuesday, and that more were expected late in the week.


A spokesperson for Governor JB Pritzker said on Thursday that 109,000 doses had arrived in the state, about 23,000 of which were assigned to Chicago. At least 3,500 people had been vaccinated.


Officials did not answer questions about how many doses had arrived in the state or how many shots had been given. They said more than 50,000 doses were expected at more than 50 hospitals by the end of the week.


Governor Kim Reynolds said about 500 health care workers received shots by midweek. The first shipments in the state went to hospitals in Iowa City and Des Moines.


Governor Laura Kelly said 23,750 doses had arrived in the state.


A Kentucky official said 30,285 doses had arrived in the state, and that at least 269 doses had been administered.


Governor John Bel Edwards said 39,000 doses had arrived in the state and at least 7,000 people had received the first dose. Seventy-one hospitals in the state received shipments, Edwards said.


Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday that 2,264 individuals have received a first dose of the vaccine.


A Maryland official said 50,700 Pfizer-BioNTech doses had arrived in the state and that hospital workers were already being vaccinated. Residents and staff of long-term care facilities could receive shots as early as next week.


The state reported that it received 84,825 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and had given 2,708 shots.


Minnesota officials said 7,000 doses had arrived in the state by Thursday, with more expected later in the week. It was not clear how many doses had been administered.


Mississippi received 25,000 doses of vaccine, according to the state’s health departments.


Governor Mike Parson’s office said almost all of the 51,675 doses; the state expected had arrived by Wednesday at 21 sites, and that nearly 1,000 health care workers had received first doses.


State officials said they expected thousands of doses this week and at least 3,000 shots had been administered to health care workers by Friday.


State officials said 15,600 doses were expected to be delivered to hospitals by Wednesday evening. At least 4,069 shots have been administered.


State officials announced that 25,350 doses had arrived in Nevada this week. The University Medical Centre of Southern Nevada, in Las Vegas, said more than 1,000 employees there would be vaccinated.

New Hampshire:

Governor Chris Sununu’s office said 12,675 initial doses were shipped to New Hampshire. Some employees of Elliot Hospital in Manchester received their first doses on Tuesday. More than 900 health care workers state-wide have received a shot.

New Jersey:

Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday that New Jersey had received roughly 76,000 doses. AN official said 2,149 health care workers had received the first dose of the vaccine as of Friday.

New Mexico:

A spokesperson for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said 17,550 doses; had arrived in the state by Wednesday, including 400 doses for three Native American nations; that chose to receive their vaccines through the state instead of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

New York:

Governor Andrew Cuomo said at least 87,750 doses had arrived in the state and 19,000 people had received a shot. Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio; said 42,900 doses had arrived there, and that about 5,200 people in the city had received the first dose.

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