Even as the Pfiser COVID-19 vaccines are due to arrive in New York State, officials are still sorting out the order of who will be getting the limited number of inoculations first.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state was expecting around 170,000 doses of the vaccine with the first shots going to the front-line healthcare workers and nursing home residents.

At the first word came out of the prioritizing of the distribution of the vaccine to include patient-facing medical workers, groups representing ambulance crews raised concern that emergency medical responders were not in the first phase of the plan.

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Last week, the Governor announced ambulance crews would be in the first tier considered for vaccination.

Chairman of the United New York Ambulance Network, Tom Coyle issued a news release thanking the Governor for ensuring EMS workers would have "immediate access to the COVID-19 vaccine once it is made available." Coyle says personal protective equipment is becoming harder to acquire and the ability to receive a vaccine will help keep EMS crews and patients safer.

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