Long Island's largest health system touts surplus of COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Matthew Harris, the Northwell Health Vaccine medical director, says he thinks there are a few factors contributing to the surplus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2021, 10:09 PM

Updated 1,187 days ago

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Long Island's largest health system is ready to help people struggling to get vaccinated, touting that it has a surplus of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Matthew Harris, the Northwell Health Vaccine medical director, says he thinks there are a few factors contributing to the surplus. One is the pause on the Johnson & Johnson shot that was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Harris says he thinks the concern about blood clots may have discouraged people from scheduling a vaccine.
Harris also thinks the pause further fueled vaccine hesitancy in a number of communities.
"I think in communities that were hesitant before it's certainly possible that this pause has continued that hesitancy," says Harris. "I think right now as vaccines become more available, I think people may becoming a little bit complacent about their opportunities to get that. I want to encourage people that this is not the time to be complacent. This is the time to turn around and get vaccinated."
Appointments are available at hospitals, state and county run spots, doctor's offices, pharmacies and even some supermarkets.
Vaccines are available to anyone in New York state ages 16 and older.


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