ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Fox 5 New York has reported that thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been wasted in the state of New York. The most doses were thrown away by the Oneida County Health Department on June 5th.

According to the Oneida County Health Director almost 11,000 doses were wasted due to lack of demand. No one in the region was deprived of the shot but the doses expired before they could be administered. We spoke with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente who explains that this was a result of the vaccine rollout plan in New York State.

“If we had allowed everybody to get the vaccine at that point I think our numbers would be dramatically different today. I think restricting those numbers to different age groups and different work sectors was while I understood the front line health workers the age requirements and everything that was put in place overtime the way it was staggered through the system into a frenzy. And when you start staggering them like that in groups you lose people,” said Picente.

As a result, the county executive says that going forward if we do end up having to get a booster every few months there should not be these same restrictions for the boosters in order to prevent this from happening again.