Counties manage short supply, changing rules on vaccine

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This week, Cortland County and Guthrie again requested 2,500 doses of Moderna vaccine.

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Like the last time, they were allocated just a fraction of their order.

The latest shipment contained only 100 vials, twice the amount that arrived last week.

County officials are challenged by a nationwide supply shortage, on top of changing parameters from the state regarding who can be vaccinate at local health clinics. Until recently, all of Phase 1 could participate.

These clinics are now limited to the 1B category, including essential staff like Police, Social Services, Transit and School workers.

Hospitals are tasked with reaching employees in the healthcare field.

As for seniors (65-and-older), NYSDOH is working with pharmacies and other providers to help them get access.

Some good news in the meantime: Community infections continue to drop.

Yesterday was the first day under 200 active cases since December 6 — just four new positives were added and no additional hospitalizations or deaths.

Another vaccine request has been made for anticipated clinics next week at SUNY Cortland.

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