United Nations: UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir skipped his appointment to receive the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine due to a heavy snowstorm that struck New York City the day before, Bozkir’s spokesperson Brendan Varma said during a press briefing.
“The President was supposed to get the first dose of his COVID-19 vaccine to the New York State Department of Health this morning, but because of snowy conditions the Javits Center’s vaccination site is closed today,” Varma said on Tuesday afternoon.
Coronavirus vaccinations as well as other services in New York were canceled on Monday as the storm advanced and covered the city with almost 18 inches of snow, prompting the authorities to issue a state of emergency declaration.
Varma said that Bozkir’s appointment was rescheduled and he will be vaccinated on Sunday.
Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
Guterres was vaccinated at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx.