Phase 1 vaccinations proceed this week in Cortland County

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Another death reported Saturday brings the pandemic total up to 58 in Cortland County.

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Tomorrow, local health officials open a large-scale vaccination clinic for eligible 1A and 1B individuals at SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Alumni ice arena.

Weekly appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday.

Legislative clerk Eric Mulvihill gave more details on Saturday’s Meet Cortland County:

“All vaccination clinics are subject to the availability of vaccines — whether its the County, or a drug store or any number of providers,” Mulvihill said. “Online registration is open starting this week. We are also working to offer access for those who may not have internet, particularly senior residents.”

 


Both Guthrie Cortland and Cayuga Medical Centers are 100% through administering their first doses.

Like most of the state, they now find themselves at the mercy of another shipment by the DOH.

Another batch is expected tomorrow.

However, demand continues to greatly exceed supply.

Governor Cuomo said federal allocations are even less than they were last week.


Family Health Network is doing its part to inoculate qualifying members of the community.

Two clinics were held last week at their Cortland Family Practice and Marathon Health Centers.

Several groups of local heroes were able to get their first doses.

This included members of the City of Cortland Police and Fire Departments.



In the meantime, all county residents can now get a free COVID-19 test at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.

That’s a partnership between the Cortland County Legislature and Cayuga Health System.

Screenings will run weekly. Both saliva and swab testing are available.

Participants must pre-register by visiting CayugaHealth.org.


More information on testing and vaccines can be found on the health department website.


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