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How Western New York's vaccine distribution compares to the rest of the state

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 18:47:10-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo said there's an uneven performance by region, and by provider, when it comes to getting shots in the arms of New Yorkers. Cuomo said the state has officially administered 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"When you ask 100 facilities to undertake a new and challenging activity, some are going to do better than others," Cuomo said.

Western New York has administered 72% of the doses allocated by the state. That compares to 65% in New York City, which is the lowest of all regions statewide, and 81% in the North Country which is the highest.

Within Western New York, Governor Cuomo said nearly all providers have distributed 90-100% of vaccine doses received in weeks one through four.

He said the lone exception is Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital which has distributed 82%.

A spokesperson for Kaleida Health told 7 Eyewitness News the Governor's number is wrong, saying in an email, "We are working with NYSDOH to see where they are pulling their numbers from. We are 100%, so we believe it's an error or extremely old data."

Governor Cuomo said how facilities distribute vaccine doses now will affect how many they receive in the future.

"For the lower performing facilities, we are going to give them less, if any, of the new allocation," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said about 64% of hospital workers in Western New York have been vaccinated.

GeGraff Memorial Hospital has the least amount of workers vaccinated at just above 40%. Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has the most, with a vaccination rate of almost 85%.

"And remember herd immunity was supposed to be 70 to 90 percent," Cuomo said.

The Governor said the state is expected to announce more details soon on mass vaccination clinics across the state, including one at the University at Buffalo's South Campus.