Large-scale vaccine clinics being planned at SUNY Cortland

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Yesterday, the State expanded eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine to allow those who are ready to enter phase 1B.

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The Cortland County Health Department, along with Family Health Network and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, are still in the process of vaccinating 1A individuals.

A swath of new demographics qualify under 1B, including residents 75 and older. To keep up, county health officials have teamed up with SUNY Cortland and GCMC to organize a plan for large-scale clinics on the university’s campus.

Those could begin as early as next week, with more details forthcoming about when and how to make an appointment.

Vaccines can only be administered as quickly as they arrive. Weekly capacity is based on the amount that gets sent to the county each week by the state, not necessarily the amount it orders. Members of the public are urged to remain patient.

Thousands are trying to register at the same time.

Public health director Lisa Perfetti says other local providers will soon have permission to order and administer their own doses.

“Hopefully sooner rather than later,” she said. “Now that the state is including health departments in the process, we’ll be able to roll it out much faster.”

All committee meetings have been cancelled for this month to reallocate staff and resources on organizing these clinics.

The only exception is the Finance and Administration meeting next Tuesday (January 19).

WXHC will be tracking all the details you need to know about future vaccine clinics.

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