Cortland County vaccine clinic set back by supply shortage

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Cortland County will receive just 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week — out of 2,500 ordered — half of which are reserved for frontline essential workers and the rest for individuals 65 or older.

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Today, 100 senior residents were able to make an appointment, along with nearly 30 essential workers ranging from police officers to Meals on Wheels delivery drivers.

A limited number of slots remain for a clinic tomorrow (January 20) from 6-8 pm at the SUNY Cortland Park Center Ice Arena. This will be the only event held this week.

Those deemed eligible under Phase 1 of the New York State designation can sign up for an appointment at this link.

Legislative chairman Paul Heider expressed his frustration with the supply shortage:

“The State has pushed our County to be prepared with a vaccination site and working with our partners we have done that,” he said. “Many members of our community are ready to be vaccinated and we are ready get them vaccinated if the State and Federal government can get us vaccine.”

In the meantime, the County Health Department has been working with the local Workforce Development office and Seven Valleys Health Coalition to recruit and train volunteers for the on-going clinics.

“When the vaccine arrives we are ready to begin administering doses to our community,” said Public Health Director Lisa Perfetti. “This situation is very fluid so everyone is encouraged to be patient as there is higher demand for the vaccine than is currently available each week.”

County officials say they will continue to request vaccine from the state each week and notify the public as allotments are received.

“Be prepared to sign-up for the vaccine as soon as supplies become available,” Heider added. “I share your frustration and disappointment with how the vaccine distribution has gone so far, I’m hopeful that our State and Federal leadership can begin to address these supply issues immediately.”

Last week, New York State was informed that its weekly allotment of 300,000 doses would be reduced to 250,000, forcing a cut in the amount that could be sent to each county.

There have also been several state-run vaccination clinics established.

To determine eligibility and schedule appointments call the New York State Vaccination hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).

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