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Friday, March 5, 2021

Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans, Out of Luck:
Less than 25% of recipients at mass vaccination clinic are Wyoming, Genesee, or Orleans Cty. residents

An Undetermined Number of Callers
Told 'No Appointments Available'

An analysis of registrations shows less than 25 percent of people attending the mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Genesee Community College are local residents.

“After careful analysis of the registrations, what we expected to happen once we were told the clinic was open to anyone eligible, regardless of residency, did happen ... The GOW region will be receiving less than 25% of the allotted 3500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” stated Public Health Director Paul Pettit of the the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments in a news release.

“For those in the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming (GOW) region who were able to register for this weekend’s state-run temporary mass clinic we understand how challenging it was,” he said “For those who live in our GOW region and were shut- out of this clinic, we will continue to advocate for vaccine for our residents.”

A total of 3,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be given at GCC over the next five days.

A breakdown of recipients includes:

GCC Vaccine Clinic

■ Erie County: 1,666 spots or 47.6%

■ Genesee County: 596 spots or 17.03%

■ Niagara County: 446 spots or 12.74%

■ Monroe County: 326 spots or 9.31%

■ Orleans County: 169 spots or 4.83%

■ Wyoming County: 99 spots or 2.38%

■ Livingston County: 73 spots or 2.09%

■ Ontario County: 45 spots or 1.29%

 And 15 other counties and out of state       residents each had less than 1%. 

“The purpose of our request was to help increase our vaccination rate, and provide for our county residents who have been shorted throughout this pandemic. This clinic assuredly did not significantly impact our rates,” Pettit said. “With only 864 of the 3,500 doses of vaccine remaining in our three counties, we are still well below the current state-wide vaccination rate. We will continue to seek additional allocations to bring parity for the counties’ vaccination rates.”

The New York State-run temporary mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled through Tuesday at GCC pened for appointments at 7:59 Thursday and within 90 minutes all were accounted for.

“We encourage those who are still seeking vaccination to periodically check the state vaccine site as some may cancel their appointments,” health officials said. You can check for appointment availability at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or call 1 (833) 697-4829.

Courtesy of the Daily News; Secondary Headlines added by SLDN

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