The state Health Department is outlining new guidelines for vaccine distribution.
“To ensure there is accountability in the administration of vaccines, I have ordered vaccine providers to administer at least 80 percent of the first doses of vaccine they receive after seven days of delivery,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said.
Beam also said the number of providers who receive the vaccine will be significantly reduced, in order to get more vaccines to the distribution sites that have proven to be more efficient.
“This means that some providers will not get as many first doses of vaccines as they have in the past,” Beam said. “However, this is the most efficient way to get people vaccinated quickly.”
Also, starting Friday, all vaccine providers in the state must now be able to schedule appointments by phone in addition to the internet.