Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
New York, NY –
With supplies high and demand low, officials are making the swine flu vaccine available to ALL New Yorkers. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.
REPORTER: Previously, the vaccine was only available for people in priority groups, such as pregnant women, caregivers of newborns and people with chronic health problems. The state Health Department has allocated around 5 million doses of vaccine to hospitals, private doctors and non-profit and public clinics. Some individual outlets have reported using up their allotment. Up-to-date figures aren’t available statewide, but within the city, only about one-fourth of the vaccine has made it into people’s immune systems. With public service announcements and other efforts going largely unheeded, most of it has remained in medical supply refrigerators. For WNYC, I’m Fred Mogul.