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New York nears nursing home vaccine goal, but pace frustrates some

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that 96% of the state’s nursing homes have been visited by a vaccination team. Vaccination teams are due to reach the rest by Sunday.
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CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a nursing home resident at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York says it is getting closer to reaching a vital early goal of its coronavirus vaccine campaign: getting a first dose to every nursing home resident. But the effort to protect them has unfolded more slowly than some administrators and residents’ relatives hoped. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that 96% of the state’s nursing homes have been visited by a vaccination team. Vaccination teams are due to reach the rest by Sunday.

The federally run program to vaccinate nursing home residents and staff launched December 21. The president of a statewide association of nursing homes says some initially struggled to schedule their first visits with partner pharmacies.