Agency on Aging helping local seniors navigate vaccine resources

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Starting next week, the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging will be working with seniors in the community to help them navigate any resources on vaccination that may be available.

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They will also help with transportation needs for anyone who may have trouble getting to a future appointment.

Officials are hopeful the next allotment of doses will be larger than the 200 received and distributed earlier this week. They ordered 2,500, but got shorted along with most others across the state.

Localities have been directed not to pre-book appointments or establish waiting lists until supply chain issues can be resolved.

A large-scale clinic opened Wednesday evening at SUNY Cortland, staffed by nurses from the health department, the university and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, along with dozens of volunteers.

“I’m extremely proud of how well the staff and volunteers performed,” said public health director Lisa Perfetti. “Our current collaboration demonstrates the importance of partnerships as we work together for the health of our residents.”

Perfetti added that the Health Department routinely prepares and drills for large vaccination clinics.

The County does anticipate more clinics next week, but ask for continued patience as they wait to determine how many and when they might be.

New York State is urging individuals 65 years or older to access the vaccine through local pharmacies or through the state-run clinics, both those are all booked up as well.

Community members are urged to remain patient in the meantime.

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