These Places Are Running Out of COVID Vaccines in the U.S.—From New York to San Francisco

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, several cities and counties across the U.S. have reported vaccine shortages, including in New York City and San Francisco where vaccines are expected to run out by Thursday if supplies aren't increased.

Here we take a closer look at places across the country that are currently running low on COVID-19 vaccine doses.

New York City

New York City, the country's most populous city, will run out of doses by the end of Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned at a press briefing Tuesday.

"We will hit zero by Friday. We will have literally nothing left to give," De Blasio said, noting there were 92,000 first doses left in the city, as of Tuesday.

"If we don't get a new supply of vaccine we will have to cancel appointments and no longer give shots after Thursday for the remainder of the week at a lot of our sites. We will not get, on the current schedule, resupplied until next Tuesday, which means for many of our sites we couldn't vaccinate again until Wednesday," he warned.

The city was reported to have enough vaccines to administer second doses to some, but not all, of the people waiting for their second shot, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

While eligibility for the vaccine has been expanded across the city, website issues and complicated sign-up systems have made booking appointments for vaccinations more difficult for residents, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

"This is crazy. This is not the way it should be," the mayor added. "We have the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people. We need the vaccine to go with it."

De Blasio noted that the city is reliant on the federal and state governments and manufacturers to do "everything they can to get us the maximum supply because we are proving literally every passing day we can reach more and more people."

San Francisco

San Francisco will run out of vaccines by Thursday if additional doses aren't supplied by the federal government, city officials warned on Tuesday.

The city had requested 12,000 doses for this week, the same amount allocated to the city last week, but received only 1,775 doses, according to San Francisco's director of public health, Dr. Grant Colfax.

"The inconsistent, unpredictable flow of vaccine from the state and directly at the feet of the feds is not only impacting the city, but our city health care providers as well," Colfax noted.

The city's vaccine supply was further diminished by having to discard 8,000 doses of a Moderna vaccine after some San Diego residents reported allergic reactions from that batch, which saw the state issue a health warning.

Those discarded 8,000 doses were not replaced by another batch, Colfax said.

Los Angeles County

Shortages were also reported in Los Angeles County, home to L.A., the country's second-most populous city.

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis said Tuesday: "We do not have enough of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone.

"That includes all those 65 and older, but we will get there. Patience," she added.

More than 70 percent of the 685,000 doses the county received since December were administered by the end of last week, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

The county will receive 168,000 more doses this week but L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned the county could run out of doses by early next week.

"We're not yet sure about our allocation for next week, which will need to cover those healthcare workers that need their second doses, as well as everybody who's ready for their first dose.

"We just have to see how many doses we're going to get for the following week," she added.

Meanwhile, coronavirus deaths continue to rise across the county. Air quality regulations in L.A. County have been temporarily lifted to accommodate the county's growing backlog of cremations.

New Jersey

Vaccines in Bergen County, New Jersey's most populous county, were also reported to be running empty, with the 2,000 doses received Tuesday expected to last only through Saturday, NBC New York reported Tuesday.

Last Monday, the vaccination site for the city of Paterson ran out of doses just an hour after opening, reported.

Paterson's health officer, Dr. Paul Persaud, noted at the time: "We are administering the vaccine on demand, and people are coming from many different places. I don't want (doses) sitting on the shelf if there's a demand for the vaccine,"

"We don't want to run out. We don't want to stop, [but] we have to stop for two days now," he said at the time.

Last Tuesday, the city received 2,000 more doses, but Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh warned it was unclear how long the new supply will last. "It's very difficult to determine because demand is very high," Sayegh said last week.


Last week, at least three health systems in Michigan—Trinity Health Michigan, Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Health—were expecting to run out of vaccine doses by the middle of this week, doctors and administrators told Crain's Detroit Business last Tuesday.

Health systems "are begging for more vaccines" to administer to thousands of people wanting them, the chief operating officer of Beaumont Health, Carolyn Wilson, noted last week.

Last week, Beaumont Health, which consists of eight hospitals, received only 7,000 of the 34,000 doses it had requested the previous Thursday, according to Wilson.

She added the health system could administer a dose to 10,000 people per day if it had a sufficient supply of vaccines, Crain's reported last Wednesday.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Tuesday that if the state's vaccine rollout continues at its current pace of around 60,000 vaccinations per week, it will take over two years to get 70 percent of residents over the age of 16 vaccinated.

Whitmer announced an economic recovery plan for the state on Tuesday which includes using federal funding to increase vaccine distribution, with the goal of administering 50,000 shots of the vaccine per day, WXYZ Detroit reported.

North Carolina

Last Monday, hundreds at a drive-thru clinic in North Carolina's Rowan County were turned away after vaccine doses had run out. The clinic was reported to be back by last Thursday and had administered 600 doses, WBTV reported on Thursday.

A new shipment of doses was expected this week but it was unknown how many doses and when they would be arriving, according to Rowan County Health Department Director Nina Oliver.

Oliver was hopeful for a first dose clinic to be held on Wednesday and a second dose clinic on Thursday once the county receives more vaccines, WBTV reported last Thursday.

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People walking out of the Javits Center in New York City, a COVID-19 vaccination site, on January 13. New York City and several other cities and counties were reported to be experiencing vaccine shortages. Spencer Platt/Getty Images