Pace of vaccination rollout getting desperate as regions burn through supplies

New York City is expected to go through its allotted vaccines by the end of the week, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking the federal government permission to use second doses for first-time patients.
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Thanks. We'll have more now on the vaccine rollout. You heard the white house press secretary talk about the effort to get them to Americans. Out of nearly 38 million distributed doses, just over 17.5 million have received it. Whit Johnson joins us now from a mass vaccination center in new York City. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. New York state has already used up 93% of its supply of first doses and is on pace to run out by the end of the day. And frustration is mounting across the country as millions of Americans who qualify for a vaccine right now can't get an appointment. This morning, amid fears of a new covid variant on the rise in California, the pace of the vaccine rollout growing more desperate. Wait times for a shot reaching five hours at the largest capacity vaccine site in the U.S., dodger stadium. These shots are a way to save more lives. Once we're at full capacity this site can comfortably in the same hours we have here help at least 12,000 people get vaccinated. Reporr: New York City expecting to burn through its supply by the end of the week. Mayor bill de Blasio now asking the federal government for permission to use second doses as first doses. We need more vaccine and we need it thought. Reporter: But the CDC urging people to try to stay within that three to four-week schedule for the second shot. What we have here is vaccine that's ready to go. Reporter: At Lenox hill hospital if they aren't replenished sooner's set to run out within days. When you open up appointments how quickly are they booking up? Minutes. Within minutes. I think we opened up a thousand appointments and they went in just under ten minutes. Reporter: In an effort to curb vaccine waste, "Operation warp speed" is now enhancing supply kits so that each pfizer vaccine vial can yield six doses instead of five. This as reports surface that some states aren't recording how many unused or spoiled doses they're wasting. Figures they are required to report to the CDC. Among the lives lost, Andre pelletier. His kidding learning of his diagnosis just days before Christmas. He passed away January 12th. We watched him fight for every breath that he took. Reporter: Andre honored by the New Hampshire department of public works where he worked for 46 years. Covid's real, people. Please, social distance, wear your mask. Wash your hands. Reporter: Now, there is some encouraging news on the horizon. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that Johnson & Johnson could apply for emergency use authorization within the next couple of weeks. That's for their single dose vaccine. This would bring the third vaccine online in the united States and a board member for the company says they have a goal of producing up to 100 million doses for Americans by April, Cecilia. We'll take any good news we can get.

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