County partners work to meet spiking demand for vaccine

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New York State opened up vaccine eligibility to anyone 65 or older, along with most groups of essential workers and anyone who has a compromised immune system.

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To meet the increased demand, the Cortland County Health Department plans to set up a large-scale vaccine clinic at SUNY Cortland.

County personnel will work side-by-side with others from Student Health Services and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

The mass clinic could open as early as next week inside the Park Center Alumni Ice Arena.

“As a member of this special community, SUNY Cortland is always eager to help,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “During times like these, all segments of the community must collaborate and work together.”

Legislative Chairman Paul Heider agreed with that sentiment:

“Working alongside the university and the hospital allows the County Health Department to support a more robust vaccination effort in our community,” Heider said.

More details and registration info are expected in the coming days.

The county still needs to complete 1A vaccinations before moving onto 1B, which is a much larger population.

Patience remains vital as supply is very limited. The entire state is currently only receiving 300,000 doses per week, limiting the number of residents who can be vaccinated to the amount of doses DOH can send.

Pharmacies and doctors offices will eventually get their own supplies, as well.

Call 2-1-1 to see what option may be best for you.

You can also put your name on the state’s official waiting list at

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