NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Responds to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Request to Use Second Vaccine Doses as First Doses
“Most importantly, and definitively, the CDC, which is now headed by President Biden’s team, does not recommend using second doses for first doses. I am in regular contact with the CDC, including as recently as this morning, on this topic when they affirmed their opposition to using second doses as first doses now.”
New York (STL.News) New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker today responded to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request to use second COVID vaccine doses as first doses.
The full text of Dr. Zucker’s letter to the Mayor is available below:
February 4, 2021
To Mayor de Blasio,
I am in receipt of your letter of February 3rd asking for State Department of Health approval to use second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as first doses.
As you may know, and as I am sure your Health Commissioner has advised you, the use of second COVID-19 vaccine doses for first doses is a topic being discussed by top national and international health experts.
There are some health officials who advocate for use of second doses as first doses.